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Dysphagia/odynophagia (Gastroenterology)


Minimum Referral Criteria

  • Category 1
    (appointment within 30 calendar days)
    • For optimal care, patients should be seen within 1 week:
      • suspected GI cancer on clinical examination or abnormal imaging
      • dysphagia with poor oral intake
    • Significant dysphagia

  • Category 2
    (appointment within 90 calendar days)

    • No category 2 criteria
  • 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

  • History of presenting complaint:
    • difficulty or pain on swallowing
    • food or liquids are stuck in throat or chest
      • pain or pressure in chest associated with swallowing
      • loss of appetite/food avoidance associated with swallowing difficulty
  • Presence of concerning features
    • Weight loss, ≥5% of body weight in previous 6 months
    • Persistent vomiting
  • FBC iron studies results

3. Additional referral information Useful for processing the referral

  • Relevant imaging reports

4. Request

Last updated: 21 September 2022