COVID-19: Radiology service guide

Please follow the link below to a validated spread sheet that details the current position of all clinical services at the RD&E. This information is being provided by the RD&E and will be updated weekly.

RD&E Clinical Services Restoration update

June 2020

Scope

This information provides guidance on the management of Radiology patients across Eastern Devon during the Covid-19 pandemic. The information is based on Critical Service and Surge planning within Royal Devon & Exeter Foundation Trust

​2WW referrals

Will continue as normal.

​Urgent referrals

Clinically urgent referrals will continue.

Some amendments to location may be required for community sites.

Please make referrals as usual and patients will be contacted by the imaging department to arrange.

If you have an urgent enquiry; please go through switchboard 01392 404060 and ask for the X-ray secretaries, who will locate a radiologist for you to speak with.

Routine referrals

All new routine referrals will be clinically triaged and will either be added to a waiting list or, if appropriate, Advice & Guidance (A&G) will be given.

Please ensure that a practice-based system is in place to check daily for returning referrals with Advice & Guidance (A&G).

Prior to making a routine referral, please ensure that any appropriate Policy or Clinical Referral Guideline (CRG) has been reviewed and that all the suggested investigations and management options have been considered.

Eastern locality Clinical Referral Guidelines (CRGs)

Existing new and follow-up routine appointments have been cancelled and changed to telephone / video consultation where appropriate.

​Urgent advice

Please go through switchboard 01392 404060 and ask for X-ray secretaries. They will put you through to a Consultant.

​Advice & Guidance

The Radiology Advice & Guidance (A&G) email address has been re-opened and will be monitored daily.

Consultants are aiming to provide a 48-hour turnaround time.

Mail to: rde-tr.radiology@nhs.net

Please do use to;

1. Provide clarity/ help with interpretation of a radiological report

2. Advice on best/next test given the clinical picture

3. Any other concerns

Under the subject heading, if possible, please state body area your enquiry refers to (e.g. Respiratory referral, Paediatric imaging etc.). This will ensure your request will be directed to the most appropriate specialist Consultant Radiologist.

If you have an urgent enquiry; please go through switchboard 01392 404060 and ask for the X-ray secretaries, who will locate a radiologist for you to speak with.

A polite request from radiology; please include as much clinical information on requests for radiology to inform appropriate prioritisation.

Pathway Group

This guideline has been signed off on behalf of the NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group

Publication date: June 2020

Date updated: April 2021

Pathway Group

This guideline has been signed off on behalf of the NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group

Publication date: June 2020

Date updated: April 2021

Last updated: 04-06-2021

 

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