WHHT BRAIN & CNS SUSPECTED CANCER REFERRAL FORM
Date of Referral: Click here to enter a date.
West Herts Hospitals
Please call neurology secretary weekday between 2-5 pm on 01923 217350
Send form after discussion so pt is tracked to [email protected]
PLEASE USE E-REFERRAL
NOTE: This form is NOT for use for patients aged < 16 years.
FOR GUIDANCE ON SYMPTOMS & URGENT REFERRALS: SEE PAGE 2.
PATIENT DETAILS –Must provide current telephone number.
Gender: M ☐ F ☐
Patient agrees to telephone message being left?
Transport required? Y ☐
Interpreter required? Y ☐
Learning difficulties? Y ☐
Mental capacity assessment required? Y ☐
Known safeguarding concerns? Y ☐
Mobility requirements (unable climb on/off bed)?
INVESTIGATIONS IN SUPPORT OF REFERRAL
Where MRI or CT scan was requested before referral,
please indicate result and attaches copies of report(s)
PATIENT MEDICAL HISTORY
Existing conditions & Risk factors (inc smoking status):
☐ Brain tumour
☐ Previous cancer
SYMPTOMS & CLINICAL EXAMINATIONS
IF < 25 yrs WITH newly abnormal cerebellar or other central
neurological function, call consultant direct to request an urgent
appointment WITHIN 48 hours AND complete this form .
Symptoms of CNS disease
☐ Progressive neurological deficit ☐ Cranial nerve palsy
☐ New onset seizures
☐ Recent behavioural change
Recent, first presentation of headache with features that could
suggest raised intracranial pressure
☐ Worsened by lying/coughing
☐ Double vision
☐ Intermittent drowsiness
☐ Focal neurological symptoms
☐ Recent behavioural change
☐ Impaired higher mental functions. That is:
Alert/ oriented/ attentive/ forgetful (delete as appropriate)
☐ Facial weakness
☐ Extraocular muscular palsy
☐ Unilateral deafness
☐ Hemisensory loss
☐ Limbs – Ataxia
☐ Cranial nerves – Papillodema
☐ Other neuro examination
☐Other primary cancer
Current medication (attach list and indications):
WHO Patient Performance status (see reverse for key)
DISCUSSIONS WITH PATIENT PRIOR TO REFERRAL
Cancer needs to be excluded
Patient given referral information leaflet
Date(s) unavailable next 14 days:
**Suspected metastatic spinal cord compression: refer as a
Please attach a Patient Summary including:
☐ Referral letter (if applicable)
☐ Investigation results
☐ Up-to date medications list and indications
If your patient does not meet NICE suspected cancer referral criteria, but you feel they warrant further
investigation, please disclose full details in your referral letter.
WHO PATIENT PERFORMANCE STATUS KEY
Fully active, able to carry on all pre-disease performance without restriction
Restricted in physically strenuous activity but ambulatory and able to carry out light/sedentary work, e.g. house or office work.
Ambulatory and capable of self-care, but unable to carry out work activities. Up and active > 50% of waking hours.
Capable of only limited self-care. Confined to bed or chair >50% of waking hours.
Completely disabled. Cannot carry out any self-care. Totally confined to bed or chair.
2005 NICE Guidance
Signs or symptoms that may cause concern:
progressive neurological deficit;
cranial nerve palsy;
Headaches of recent onset accompanied by features suggestive of raised intracranial pressure:
− posture-related headache;
– pulse-synchronous tinnitus; or
− other focal or non-focal neurological symptoms, such as blackout or change in personality or memory.
Consider immediate referral – first calling the consultant – with patients with rapid progression of:
sub-acute focal neurological deficit;
unexplained cognitive impairment,
behavioural disturbance or slowness (or a combination of these); or
personality changes confirmed by a witness and for which there is no reasonable explanation even in the absence of
the other symptoms or signs of a brain tumour.
A ‘normal’ scan
A normal investigation does not preclude the need for ongoing follow up, monitoring and further investigation. A
seemingly ‘normal’ MRI may give false reassurance in pts who have neurological pathology that MRI is unable to detect.
Approximately 10% of patients may be unsuitable for, or unable to tolerate an MRI brain scan, e.g. patients with
pacemakers in-situ or those with severe claustrophobia. In these patients a CT scan may be more appropriate.
A small percentage of MRI scans may yield abnormalities in otherwise healthy individuals. This may impact on these patients
in a number of ways including further investigation and the potential impact on health insurance premiums. As incidental
findings are not an infrequent result of MRI scanning, patients should have prior counselling and information to make them
aware of the potential for such findings as a consequence of their investigation. (Macmillan Rapid Referral Guidelines, 2015)