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Neck mass


Minimum Referral Criteria

  • Category 1
    (appointment within 30 calendar days)
    • Neck mass that has any of the following:
      • increasing in size and/or
      • not responding to antibiotics and/or
      • persists for > 6 weeks
  • Category 2
    (appointment within 90 calendar days)
    • Suspected thyroid mass or
    • All other neck masses
  • Category 3
    (appointment within 365 calendar days)
    • No category 3 criteria

1. Reason for request Indicate on the referral

  • To establish a diagnosis
  • For treatment or intervention
  • For advice and management
  • For specialist to take over management
  • Reassurance for GP/second opinion
  • For a specified test/investigation the GP can't order, or the patient can't afford or access
  • Reassurance for the patient/family
  • For other reason (e.g. rapidly accelerating disease progression)
  • Clinical judgement indicates a referral for specialist review is necessary

2. Essential referral information Referral will be returned without this

  • USS neck results

3. Additional referral information Useful for processing the referral

  • TSH result
  • ELFT, FBC results

4. Request

Last updated: 13 June 2023