Oxford Hospital In 'One-Stop Shop' Cancer Trial

3 April 2018, 07:54 | Updated: 3 April 2018, 07:57

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"One-stop shops" to speed up cancer diagnosis are being trialled across England, including in Oxford.

GPs can refer patients with "vague" symptoms - including unexplained weight loss, abdominal pain and fatigue - for tests. Some could get a diagnosis or all-clear that same day, while others may require further tests but should receive a final result within two weeks.

One of the assessment centres will be at Churchill Hospital. The scheme, co-ordinated by NHS England, Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support, is being piloted in ten areas.

Cally Palmer, national director for cancer at NHS England, said: 

"Early diagnosis is crucial to saving lives and providing peace of mind for patients, which is why we are driving forward plans to revolutionise our approach to cancer in this country.

"These new one-stop shops represent a real step change in the way people with unclear symptoms are identified, diagnosed and treated."

Patients with unexplained weight loss, appetite loss, abdominal discomfort or pain, fatigue, sweating or who feel generally unwell could be referred to the service.

The symptoms, alone or combined, can indicate a number of diseases including cancer.

Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK's director of early diagnosis, said: 

"We're confident that these ten pilot centres will give us a much better understanding of what's needed to speed up the diagnosis and treatment of people with less obvious symptoms, improve their experience of care and, ultimately, survival."

The ten trial centres are at: North Middlesex University Hospital, University College London Hospital, Southend University Hospital, Queen's Hospital, Royal Free Hospital, St James's University Hospital, Airedale General Hospital, University Hospital South Manchester, Royal Oldham Hospital, Churchill Hospital.