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September 2020 - news item

BHR - Urology MRI forms and 2WW requests All GPs are reminded that when referring a patient on the Urology 2WW pathway that the requirement is for an MRI request form, clearly marked “2WW”, to accompany all 2ww referrals forms.  There is no need to undertake the MRI and wait for the results before referral.

Bloods are also required across all tumour groups - if none have been undertaken already in the last 3 months, please utilise the urgent blood referral route via NELFT (insert information again)

All GPs are asked to remind patients being referred on a Breast 2ww pathway to allow 3-5 hours for their appointment to enable an assessment, diagnostic tests and results to be provided on the day.

Please can GPs encourage patients to attend their appointments at the hospital and where appropriate they will be asked to have a swab and self-isolate for three days.

15 January 2020 - News item

Towards the end of last year, BHRUT had been experiencing issues with responding to Urology A&G requests. The service has confirmed that they have now responded to all open requests, however, they need time to put in place sustainable processes. Therefore, we have jointly agreed to temporarily suspend their Urology A&G service.

All other A&G services remain open. We are planning to review this again at the end of March.

If you have any concerns about outstanding Urology requests please email Teresa Airley Interim GP Liaison Manager at

As soon as we have confirmation that the service is re-opening we will let you know.


From 27 May 2019, Barts Health NHS Trust has made a change to its urine culture criteria. Please download the update which includes advice on the criteria change, the background to this change and who to contact if you have any questions.

Please note that urine samples from children and pregnant women will continue to undergo culture irrespective of the microscopy result.


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