Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation trust has taken the decision to suspend all new dermatology referrals that don’t meet the two week wait pathway criteria, due to a national shortage of available dermatologists.
The following statement was issued from Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust:
“The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT) has taken the difficult decision to suspend all new dermatology referrals that do not meet the two week wait pathway criteria (suspected cancer).”
“This is an unfortunate situation caused by the national shortage of available dermatologists and an inability to recruit to vacant posts. As a result a number of patients will be referred to alternative providers via the GP e-Referrals system.”
“The RBFT will continue to see patients that are already on the waiting list, including routine follow-up patients but recognise the inconvenience that this will cause to those patients who require a non-urgent dermatology opinion.”
“We have written to neighbouring trusts and our GP partners to explain the situation and thanked them for picking up additional workload while we work fast toward a solution that that will provide a sustainable service.“
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