2 Week Rule Referrals

Please ensure that the patient is aware of the reason for the 2 week rule referral. This will assist our staff to avoid alarming patients when telephoning to arrange an urgent appointment.

Patients not realising that they may have a serious condition will often cancel appointments made; which could potentially cause serious delay in diagnosis.

Referral forms and guidelines   

All patients should be given this patient information leaflet by the referring GP/clinician 

All referral forms should preferably be emailed to WSHT 2WR Appointments cancer.appointments@nhs.net or faxed to 01903 285098.



2 WR referral forms


NICE/CSC Guidelines    

Bone Disorders and Sarcoma  Word  pdfReferral guidance
Brain and CNS Disorders  Word pdfReferral guidance
Breast  Word  pdf Referral guidance
Children 16 and under  Word  pdf Referral guidance
Colorectal Cancer (Lower GI) Word  pdfReferral guidance
Gynaecology  Word  pdf Referral guidance
Haematology  Word  pdfReferral guidance
Head and Neck  Word  pdf  
Lung  Word  pdfReferral guidance
Neuroblastoma  Word  pdf Referral guidance
Skin  Word  pdf Referral guidance
Soft Tissue Sarcoma (all ages)  Word  pdf Referral guidance
Thyroid (Head and Neck) Word  pdfReferral guidance
Upper GI  Word  pdfReferral guidance
Upper GI Endoscopy  Word  pdf  
Urology  Word  pdfReferral guidance

Forms can be downloaded in either Word or pdf to enable practices where possible to populate patient information from their practice systems.

NICE referral guidelines for suspected cancer  


Please use referral proforma for all 2WR referrals

Local Cancer Networks

Referral forms are also available for download at Sussex Cancer Network.

SCN Community guidelines for the treatment of Chemotherapy complications

Colorectal Cancer email advice pilot

Colorectal email advice requests from GPs should only be made from a secure NHS.NET account and should include the following details: 

  • GP
  • GP Practice Name/Code
  • NHS Number/Patient Name
  • Patient DoB
  • State the query/question
  • Provide sufficient medical history and information to enable the consultant to make a sound judgement
  • Provide mobile telephone contact details in the event that the consultant wishes to telephone for more details

WSHT will ensure that the email address is monitored regularly; to ensure appropriate responses are sent to the individual GPs concerned within 24 hours.