For hospital clinicians
Patients can be referred to either the surgical service at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore or the oncology service at University College Hospital, whichever is most appropriate.
All referrals should include:
- Completed referral form (see below)
- Referral letter
- Patient and GP contact details
- Copies of all imaging on CD
- Copies of any scan reports and histopathology reports
- Histopathology slides (if referring with known sarcoma diagnosis)
- Details of information already given to the patient
Patients who have a suspected diagnosis of sarcoma, or require limb, trunk or spinal surgery, are best referred to RNOH. If you wish to discuss a referral the office can be contacted via the RNOH switchboard. We have a weekly multi-disciplinary team (MDT) meeting on Fridays at 08.00 at which all new referrals are discussed. Your patient will be discussed at the next MDT meeting and a management plan agreed. Please do not biopsy the patient, we will arrange this. If a biopsy or surgery has already been carried out, then we will request pathology slides and blocks for review. Once a diagnosis has been made, the patient will be seen in clinic by a surgeon or oncologist, as appropriate.
From Thursday 4th August 2022, the RNOH Sarcoma service committed to using ‘PATHPOINT’, an electronic referral and pathway management system, for all Consultant-led referrals from secondary and tertiary care organisations.
General Practitioners should continue to refer to RNOH using the UK Electronic Referral System (ERS)
PATHPOINT offers significant benefits to referrers:
- Secure, streamlined, electronic referral forms
- Receive updates and notifications in real time
- Increased visibility of all referrals and triage outcomes
To submit a referral to the Sarcoma service please access the 'PATHPOINT' link (within your Secure hospital network) and follow the steps below:
- Register with your personal NHS email address for a PATHPOINT account to manage your referral/s
- Login to your account with your credentials by clicking the 'PATHPOINT' link
- Input your referring organisation, and patient PID details
- Click the drop down list of referral pathway forms and select "Sarcoma" and click "Go to referral form" to launch the form
- Fill in all fields of the Tertiary Sarcoma Unit referral form and click "Save Sarcoma"
NB: You will receive notification emails to your NHS email account from PATHPOINT from the Sarcoma unit with updates about the status of your referral if further information is required.
To give your feedback, or for any further questions, please email the relevant contact below:
For further information on the PATHPOINT system, please click here
Please note: All referral information has to be received by 3pm on a Wednesday for discussion at that Friday’s MDT. If your case is urgent, please ring us on 020 8909 5111/5600.
Patients who have sarcomas at non-limb/trunk sites (abdomen, gynaecological, head and neck, thorax), or who have metastatic disease, are best referred initially to UCLH. To make a referral please download the referral form above and email it to the Sarcoma MDT Coordinators. If you wish to discuss a referral they can be contacted via the UCLH switchboard. We will arrange for the patient to be discussed in the most appropriate site-specific MDT, and a management plan agreed. Please do not biopsy the patient, we will arrange this. If a biopsy or surgery has already been carried out, then we will request pathology slides and blocks for review. Once a diagnosis has been made, the patient will be seen in clinic by a surgeon or oncologist, as appropriate.
Send completed referral form to:
Sarcoma MDT Coordinator
Oncology Department, 1st Floor Central
University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
250 Euston Road
London, NW1 2PB
Telephone: 020 3447 4821/4418
If you would like to be referred to the London Sarcoma Service, it is best to ask your GP or your hospital consultant to make the referral, by writing to or telephoning us and sending a referral letter with all your clinical information.
You can be directly referred to the individual consultant, or if you are not sure which consultant you should see, by referral to Sarcoma MDT Coordinator at UCLH.
Please bring with you all your medical records, scans, scan reports, pathology reports, and if you are able, slides and pathology blocks from any biopsy or surgery you have had.