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New Faster Chest X-Ray Service

From Monday 3 June 2019, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) are piloting a faster chest X-ray service at Lincoln County Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital Boston. The reduced amount of administration and shorter waiting times for both tests and results should prove beneficial to patients and clinicians alike.

Patients will get their X-ray results within 24 hours and if the results show any abnormalities, patients will have a CT scan within 48 hours. Routine and non-urgent patients will be referred back to their GP, however a further routine appointment or a CT scan can be requested if the GP feels this is required. Patients should be prepared to stay at hospital until their results are ready or if further tests are required. Patients will be contacted by telephone if they are unable to wait at hospital.

GPs are to request a chest x-ray as usual (applies to any patient needing one) and should provide the patient with a copy of the attached Patient Information booklet.

The Faster Chest X-Ray Service is being piloted at Lincoln County and Boston Pilgrim with the view to rolling it out across ULHT once any issues have been recognised and lessons learnt.

A short educational video for GPs is available at https://vimeo.com/339186393/48b6311ebd

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact Angela Stockwood, Lung Programme Lead, Lincolnshire West CCG via email: angela.stockwood@lincolnshirewestccg.nhs.uk

Or call 01522 5153355 Ext. 5482.

You can also find further information regarding this pilot in the attachments above including a Word version of the Cancer 2 week wait patient leaflet which can be added to practice systems.


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