Mouth Cancer - Is Your Dental Practice Doing Their Bit? Tip 6
June 29, 2015
Tip 6 - Establish a good rapport with your specialist department.
Good communication between healthcare professionals is essential. This is particularly important when making a referral for a head or neck cancer to avoid a delay in diagnosis and appropriate intervention. NICE guidelines should be followed every step of the way to ensure an appropriate and timely referral and support for the patient and family - http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance
The Department of Health requires that the dental team adopts a care pathway approach. I would urge you to be clear on the care pathway pertaining to your specialist centre and be up to speed on the 'fast track' service for immediate referrals. Building a rapport and communicating directly with your specialist team is key to early diagnosis and saving lives!