Covid-19 Referral Special Update
On 29 April 2020 Simon Stevens signalled the start of the second phase of the NHS’s Covid19 response and asked primary care to make referrals for 2 week-wait cancer, urgent and routine referrals to secondary care as normal. The CCG and Trust Chief Executives have also confirmed this in a subsequent communication .
We understand that practices are still seeing referrals being returned. Our view is that secondary care should retain these referrals so that when capacity is gradually increased, the care of those patients with the greatest need can be prioritised. We have produced the attached template letter for practices to use to return the referrals.