John G Plummer & Assosiates Dental Surgeons


NHS Dental Care

Suspicious Lesion Urgent Referral 2 wk

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, 

  1. Your symptoms need further investigation
  2. The treatment already prescribed has not worked
  3. Investigations your GP arranged have shown some abnormal results
  4. To make sure you don’t have a serious disease.

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?

  • Make sure that your dentist has your correct address and telephone number, including mobile number, if possible.
  • It is very important that you are available to attend an appointment within two weeks of seeing your dentist.  Please tell your dentist if you if you are likely to be away, or unable to attend hospital for any reason, within two weeks after you have seen your dentist.  
  • The hospital will send you an appointment letter within a week; if there is not sufficient time to send you a letter they will contact you by phone.
  • Let your dentist know if you have not heard from the hospital a week after you have seen your dentist.
  • If you are unable to attend the appointment sent to you, please phone the hospital immediately. It is important that you arrange another date and time if you have to cancel an appointment. 

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


Further Information

NHS Choices (Guide to waiting times)

NICE (Clinical Guidelines, Referral for Suspected Cancer)