Clinical referral

The majority of referrals (98.2%) are from secondary care - consultant to consultant – while the rest come from GPs.

We need the patient’s details as per the Inter Provider Transfer Minimum Data Set (IPTMDS) for all referrals, together with an accompanying letter.

You can download an example of the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre IPTMDS form here.

Referrals can be made by letter, phone, fax or email, although online referrals MUST use a secure address – for example an NHS email account.


Palliative Radiotherapy Service

The Palliative Radiotherapy Service aims to provide timely review, planning and treatment to patients requiring radiotherapy for the palliation of symptoms.

Any clinician wishing to refer a patient can do so by completing a Palliative Radiotherapy Service Referral Form.

Advice and support is also available for clinicians on the management of patients, both before or after their review by the service (including any questions regarding the suitability of a potential future referral to the service), please e-mail queries to: ccf-tr.Palliativepatientreferral@nhs.net


A small number of referrals relate to overseas patients. In these cases we need as much information as possible, including diagnosis, surgery and previous treatment. Referrals must be made in English, but if the patient does attend the Centre for treatment we can arrange an interpreter.

Visit our international patients section for further information.

For further information about any aspect of patient referrals contact:

Linda Carpenter

Waiting Times Facilitator

Tel: 0151 556 5177

Fax: 0151 482 7726

Email: ccf-tr.MDSreferrals@nhs.net