Email Advice & Guidance
Secondary care departments (UHCW) can be emailed via the Advice & Guidance portal for advice on patient management or referral advice using a standard referral form that includes contact history, relevant medical history and records of recent investigations
The target for response is 2 days but most are processed within a week
Encrypted confidential advice will be received from secondary care consultants regarding:
- appropriate referral advice
- investigations, management & prescribing advice
- some non acute surgical conditions (eg chronic breast pain) could be managed in this way
Urgent Connect GP Liaison Pre referral advice
GPs also have access to the Consultant Connect Teledermatology Advice & Guidance service.
To use this service, clinicians can log into the free Consultant Connect App and select PhotoSAF (camera icon) at the bottom of the screen.
If GPs are carrying out remote consultations, they can use the IG secure Consultant Connect Platform to upload photos taken by patients that require specialist opinion. To learn how, please click here.
When GPs use this service, all images are saved to a secure cloud rather than their phone. The images will also be sent to the clinicians NHS email address, following submitting an A&G request, along with a PDF summary.
To find out more about how to use the Consultant Connect Teledermatology service, your GPs can read this step-by-step guide.
We also have a Dermatology case study about a Dr Andreas Photiou, a Coventry & Rugby GP who used the PhotoSAF feature on the Consultant Connect App to improve the patient care provided, you can find it here.
Using the GP Liaison Line
The GP Liaison line offers a single point of contact for emergency referrals.
The GP Liaison Nurse answering the line, can support and facilitate admission to the most appropriate specialist service, according to individual patient needs.
The aim is to reduce emergency admissions by ensuring that GPs have access to specialist services and fast track clinics.
Please note: the final decision regarding the route of admission for the patient remains with the referring clinician.
Accessing the GP Liaison Line:
Alternatively, you can use your surgery’s unique Dial-In Number. Please contact Lucy Sammons (email@example.com) if you are unsure of your surgery’s Dial-In Number.
GPs please remember to select an outcome at the end of your calls. This assists us to assess a conclusion to your patient’s treatment. The options are as follows:
- Referral Avoided
- Referral Made
- Diagnostics Requested
- Admission Avoided
- Admission Made
If you have any queries or questions regarding your Advice & Guidance Service, please email Lucy Sammons (firstname.lastname@example.org) or give her a call on 0775385798.
How it works
GP calls the service using bespoke contact details whilst the patient is still with them to obtain Advice & Guidance from a local specialist.
The call is put straight through to a “rota” of local specialty consultants in 80% of cases. GPs are advised to call again 10 minutes later if no answer.
If a consultant on the rota does not answer the call, the call automatically loops through to the next consultant on the rota until the call is answered.
The GP speaks with the consultant, who offers immediate Advice and Guidance, and helps decide the appropriate course of action for the patient.
At the end of the call, the GP should rate the call outcome, for example “referral made” or “referral avoided” from the options offered.
A recording of the call is stored in compliance with GDPR for patient and medico-legal purposes and can be accessed for attachment to NHS patient records.
Consultant Connect has a full reporting suite, allowing instantaneous access to real time call statistics and referrals data.
Commissioners can see how many calls have been made from which GPs to which consultants.
- Improving the patient experience (including time / cost / convenience)
- Removing the wait for a response to a written application as everything is experienced in real time
- Increasing clinician specialist knowledge through discussions with specialists
- Reduced time spent on administration
- Secondary care see a reduction in unnecessary referrals and workload
- Improved communication
Consultant Psychiatrist GP Advice Line
If in doubt about a psychiatry referral or you wish for any other advice including about medication then call 02476 932420* (between 9.45am-4.30pm Monday to Friday) * number updated April 2018.
The telephone call will be followed by a formal letter summarising the management advice.