3 New referrals to interstitial lung disease specialist services

3 New referrals to interstitial lung disease specialist services

3.1 Hold the first outpatient appointment by telephone or video consultation. If that's not possible or suitable, offer a face-to-face appointment if the benefits outweigh the risks. If a patient has a face-to-face appointment, follow recommendations 5.1 to 5.4.

3.2 If blood test results from the last 6 weeks are available from the referral team or GP, and the patient's clinical condition has not altered considerably, use them to guide treatment decisions. If blood test results are not available and they are needed to guide urgent patient care, send the patient for blood tests (see recommendation 4.3).

3.3 If pulmonary function test results from the last 6 months are available from the referral team, and the patient's clinical condition has not altered considerably, use them to guide diagnosis and treatment decisions. If pulmonary function test results are not available and they are needed to guide urgent patient care, refer the patient for testing (see recommendation 4.1).

3.4 If a CT scan from the last 12 months is available from the referral team and the patient's clinical condition has not altered considerably, use it to guide diagnosis and treatment decisions. If a CT scan is not available and the results are needed to guide urgent patient care, refer the patient for a scan.