People with potential signs of cancer will be able to get an assessment and referral for examination in hospital in high street pharmacies under new NHS plans to speed up diagnosis of disease.
The scheme will mean that those in England with lumps, coughing, bleeding or other symptoms of cancer will no longer need consult a therapist before referral to a specialist. It will take some of work load off hard-pressed family doctors and give other patients option.
Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive of NHS England, announced initiative in speech on tuesday to thousands of senior Medical professionals at the organization’s annual conference.
Pritchard called it an important innovation. help he achieves his goal of increase in the number of crayfish in England found early, more curable stage of half up to three quarters by 2028. record of early detection of cancer compared with other European countries.
hundreds of pharmacists have already expressed their interest in becomes first people be trained to take on this is new role. They can refer people whose symptoms they think may be signs of cancer in order to undergo diagnostic tests such as a scan or endoscopy.
Initially, the scheme will operate as a pilot. in unknown number of areas of England.
However, GP leaders have warned that pharmacists may miss cases. of cancer if they weren’t trained in detection of disease at the same high level as family doctors.
Pritchard also disclosed that people who may be liver cancer, which is closely related with alcohol abuse, from this month it will be possible to get a scan in in back of trucks. They will be parked near the GP’s waiting rooms, in city centres, in supermarkets and near homeless hostels and food banks, to encourage groups who often do not seek advice about cancer symptoms for months after their appearance, for example men and those in poorer areas.
A similar initiative led to scores of cases of lung cancer is detected sooner than if people those involved eventually went to discuss their concerns with their GP. National Health Service England also launch new program of genetic testing for mutations of breast cancer gene people of jewish heritage, who ten times more they are more likely to be general population.
“From liver trucks traveling the country to genetic testing and high street checks, we want make it as easy as possible for those who are the most risk undergo life-saving, life-saving tests,” said the UK National Health Service. boss said in Liverpool.
Cancer charities have stated that plans could help lead for faster diagnosis. “Having changed way people attract with health service we have potential help to diagnose more cancer at an earlier age more curable stage,” said Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of Cancer Research UK.
Nick James professor of prostate and bladder cancer research at University of Cancer study said pharmacist estimates can improve poor NHS record on early diagnosis: “One in three cancers in UK diagnosed in A&E. For many of in these patients, the cancer will spread and be less likely to survive.
“UK is falling behind many other European countries for cancer survival. Innovative healthcare initiatives that help to drive early diagnosis of crayfish should enjoy strong support.
Dr. Richard Van Mellaerts, Managing Director team member of The General Practice Committee of the British Medical Association welcomed this initiative. “Having more staff through community who trained to notice the signs of crayfish just makes sense,” he said, but added: “It is important that any training in cancer detection matches standards that general practitioners work to, to ensure so that no potential case is missed.”
Professor Martin Marshall, Chairman of King’s College of General practitioners said: “GP already work carefully with colleagues working in community pharmacy and we have great respect for them skills.
“It is important that pharmacists involved in the scheme has the appropriate training and support – how to identify potential signs of cancer and to support Patients who may be concerned or anxious – and that there is enough power in further services to cope with increased demand against existing reserves.