Waiting times for an urgent appointment where cancer is suspected
If your GP suspects you might have cancer, you should be seen by one of our cancer specialists within two weeks.
We run special clinics to allow us to give urgent referrals priority, and we work hard to see patients within seven days wherever possible.
What's the standard?
We are expected to see at least 93% of patients with a suspected cancer diagnosis within two weeks.
How are we doing?
Our recent performance:
- September 2016 – 88.5% of patients referred to us with a possible cancer diagnosis were seen within two weeks
- August – 90.3%
- July – 88.7%
We are working hard to see all patients within two weeks with suspected cancer, for example by increasing the number of appointments available in endoscopy and radiology services.
How you can help us
There is good evidence that the quicker a cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome.
You can help us by being as flexible as possible when we offer you an appointment.
You can change your appointment online or by phone.
Find out more
For more information about waiting times, see NHS Choices.
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Page last updated: December 7 2016