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Cancer1February 29 2016

An app designed to help GPs, pharmacists and other health professionals with referrals for patients suspected of having cancer has been launched.

The Cancer Referral Guidelines app has been developed following the success of the hard copy of the quick reference guide sent out to primary care professionals. This followed the review of the Scottish Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer in September 2014.

The app can be downloaded free from the Apple App and Google stores by using the key words ‘cancer referral guidelines’. It has been developed by the Scottish Centre for Enabling Technologies, based at the University of the West of Scotland, funded with £12,000 from the Scottish Government.

Launching the app, Scotland’s Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “This app, which has been developed in partnership with health professionals and patients, will make it easier and quicker for doctors, pharmacists and senior nurses to access information on referral for those suspected of having cancer.

“The earlier a cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the survival outcomes. Improving the number of patients diagnosed at an early stage will reduce premature deaths from cancer and have a positive effect on overall life expectancy. I would therefore urge all relevant health professionals to download and use this free app.”

Ms Robison added that the Scottish Government is working with stakeholder groups and patients to develop a new cancer plan for publication by the end of April 2016. “This plan will ensure that real improvements are made to services, based on the best possible evidence,” she said.

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