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And where is primary care in all this? It is any wonder that patients choose A&E when they fall ill rather than seeing their GP when all we can offer is antiquated investigations, often at significant wait, whilst A&E has access to the full armamentarium radiology has to offer.
One enlightened day to come the NHS will recognise that diagnostic radiology is best situated with generalists seeing undifferentiated illness. And don't give me the “GPs dont know what test to request”
Forms should not request a test- they should ask a question:
The clinician asks the question- the radiologist knows the test to answer it.