Urgent Fast-Track Referrals

You have been referred for a fast-track hospital appointment.

What does this mean?

Your doctor may be worried about your symptoms or test results, and they have decided that you should be seen at the hospital for further investigation. These symptoms could be caused by a number of things, which may include cancer, so it’s very important for you to be seen quickly. The earlier cancer is found, the higher the chance of successful treatment.


Please remember that being referred for a fast-track investigation does not necessarily mean you have cancer. Most people who are sent for a fast-track appointment do not have cancer.

Your doctor has been asked for you to be seen quickly so please try to be flexible and attend the appointment the hospital gives you.

What happens next?

  • The doctor will send your details to the hospital – please make sure that they have your correct telephone number.
  • The hospital will contact you within 5 working days with an appointment. This might be for a test such as a scan or to see another clinician at the hospital. You will receive a telephone call or text message from the hospital to arrange your appointment.
  • If you are not contacted within 5 working days, please phone the hospital on one of the numbers below.

Contact Numbers for Hospitals:

  • North Bristol Trust: Southmead Hospital – 0117 414 0538
  • University Hospitals Bristol and Weston (UHBW): Bristol Sites – 0117 342 3277

If you get the answerphone, leave a message with your name, date of birth and telephone number.