Suspected Gastrointestinal Malignancies in General Practice
Mar 17th, 2021 by primarycareknowledgeboost
The COVID pandemic caused an upheaval to the endoscopy services for suspected upper and lower gastrointestinal malignancies. To talk us through the changes in how referrals are managed and what that means for us in general practice and our patients, we’re joined by GPwSI in Gastroenterology Dr Sophie Nelson and Consultant Gastroenterologist Dr Alistair Makin. Our discussion includes using FIT tests to risk stratify patients with suspected lower GI malignancies, the use of the Edinburgh Dysphagia Scale for suspected upper GI malignancies, a reminder of 2 week wait criteria, and little on iron deficiency anaemia and Helicobacter Pylori.
Greater Manchester Gastroenterology Webinar 24th Sept 2020. Speakers: Dr Sophie Nelson, Dr Varinda Athwal (LFTs), Dr Sarah Taylor (FIT testing), Dr Alistair Makin (GI cancers), and Dr May Aldean (advice and guidance)
The link includes links to endoscopy pathways. https://gpexcellencegm.org.uk/resources/gm-gastroenterology-gp-education-webinar/#.YEYVCWj7SUk
Guidelines for managing patients with dyspepsia in primary care: https://gpexcellencegm.org.uk/resources/guidelines-for-managing-patients-with-dyspepsia-in-primary-care/#.YFEP4C2l23U
NICE Gastrointestinal tract (lower) cancers - recognition and referral (Feb 2021): https://cks.nice.org.uk/topics/gastrointestinal-tract-lower-cancers-recognition-referral/
NICE Gastrointestinal tract (upper) cancers - recognition and referral (Feb 2021): https://cks.nice.org.uk/topics/gastrointestinal-tract-upper-cancers-recognition-referral/
Gateway C (an online cancer education platform for primary care): https://www.gatewayc.org.uk/
Greater Manchester Upper and Lower GI Cancer guidelines are available on TeamNet for Manchester clinicians
North West Iron Deficiency Anaemia Guidelines and Coeliac Guidelines: Not yet published but watch out for these soon!
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