What is the primary care diagnostic pathway for lower GI conditions?
Delayed diagnosis for gastrointestinal (GI) conditions has a significant impact on both patients and the NHS.
Charities supporting people with lower GI symptoms have ongoing concerns, supported by evidence, that delayed diagnosis continues to impact on the people they represent.
Whilst there are many individual pathways and guidance materials aimed at specific diseases, these often are not helpful for a patient presenting with symptoms, rather than a diagnosed condition, and it can be unhelpful for the first contact healthcare practitioner to need to refer to many separate documents.
There is now broad agreement that to make a real impact going forward, a nationally agreed pathway for the diagnosis of people presenting with lower GI symptoms is needed. Lower GI charities working in partnership with healthcare professional organisations and patients have come together to develop this pathway in the UK.
The pathway recently went out for consultation, receiving a huge response from professionals in primary care and secondary care, as well as people living with lower GI conditions. The consultation CLOSED on Friday 27th October 2023. Thanks to everyone for their comments.
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