Non-Specific Symptoms

Pathway overview

Non-specific but concerning symptoms may indicate an underlying cancer. The Serious Non-Specific Symptoms Pathway (SNSP) at Harrogate District Hospital is part of a national programme to find the quickest and most efficient way of investigating patients who present with non-specific symptoms.

For the vast majority of patients, the results will NOT show signs of cancer or a serious condition, but it is important that we quickly identify any conditions that could need prompt treatment. This specialist rapid diagnostic service (RDS) allows us to manage and investigate your symptoms quickly.

Meet the Serious Non-Specific Symptoms team.

What are non-specific symptoms?

Your GP will assess any symptoms you may have and if concerned they may refer you to the hospital for assessment. Symptoms may include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Vague abdominal pain
  • Nausea/appetite loss
  • Fatigue

What happens next?

In the first instance your GP will arrange a range of tests including blood tests, urine and faeces tests and a chest X-Ray. Once completed your GP may then refer you to the hospital.

Once you are referred, you will receive an appointment to be seen in clinic and any further investigations, if required, will be arranged following discussion with the multi- disciplinary team or we just may keep an eye on you and you review after a period of time.

You will be given a telephone number for the rapid diagnostic service advanced nurse practitioner and coordinator who will be your point of contact should you have any questions or concerns.