A recent audit in Waikato DHB indicated that still up to 35% of referrals for colonoscopy were coming through using the generic referral forms and not the speciality form therefore often information was not included that was required for triage.
These speciality forms have been developed to streamline triage for these patients and reduce delays in service provision, they are not intended to be a barrier to access services. Please try and utilise these forms where appropriate so that we can provide services in a timely fashion and reduce numbers of visits to clinics for patients.
A review is currently under way to look at these referrals and any issues arising from their use. Please send any feedback to Dr Wendy Carroll to take back to this review group.