Why have I been referred to the hospital?
Your Dentist has asked for an Urgent hospital appointment for you, because you have symptoms that look suspicious.
Does this mean I have cancer?
After the examination, we find that most patients who come to us do not have cancer, but another condition.
So why has my dentist referred me?
Dentists can diagnose and treat most complaints and disease themselves. However, on some occasions, they need to arrange for you to have a hospital assessment, so that you can see a specialist hospital doctor. The “two week wait” appointment system was introduced so that you can have investigations done and be seen as quickly as possible.
There could be several reasons why your doctor has sent you for a special test, for instance,
Will I need any tests?
You may require specialised tests and these tests may take place either before your first appointment with the specialist hospital doctor, or during it. This will help the doctor/ dentist to understand the cause of your symptoms.
What do I need to do now?
Your Hospital Appointment
At your first appointment, based on the information from your dentist and your consultation with the hospital doctor, the clinic staff will give you more information about what will happen next.
Please feel free to take someone with you to your appointment.
If you have any queries regarding the arrangements for your appointment, please telephone the hospital you have been referred to on one of the numbers below Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Norfiolk and Norwich University Hospital:
Two-week-wait office: 01603 286286
NHS Choices (Guide to waiting times) www.nhs.uk/
NICE (Clinical Guidelines, Referral for Suspected Cancer) www.nice.org.uk