The Rapid Diagnostic Centre (RDC) is a service designed to help doctors and patients with vague (or non-site-specific symptoms) achieve early or earlier diagnosis of cancer and other serious conditions.
Hosted by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust for SELCA and the Our Healthier South East London Integrated Care System, the RDC has seen more than 4,000 patients since December 2016.
Patients with symptoms such as unexplained weight loss, fatigue, unexplained pain and concerning non-specific blood tests can be referred to the clinic. Prior to the introduction of RDC patients may have been referred to numerous specialists before reaching a diagnosis, the introduction of the RDC has given GPs and hospital doctors an accessible route for investigation of patients with vague symptoms and lead to earlier diagnosis.
The RDC serves all boroughs in south east London and is based at Guy’s Hospital. The service reviews all patients over the age of 18.
Referral forms to the RDC are available on the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust website. Referral can be made using ERS and searching for non-site specific symptoms under two week wait.
Triage will occur within seven days of referral.
The Centre sees a cancer conversion rate of 8% with an average time to diagnosis of 21 days. Initial analysis finds that 40% of cancers are diagnosed at the earlier stages one or two.
The RDC has detected serious non-cancerous disease in 30% of referrals.
The RDC also offers a comprehensive holistic assessment which incorporates both physical and mental health aspects.