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Clinical Assessment Service (CAS)

'Getting you to the right place - first time - every time'

Clinical Assessment Service means that when your GP makes a referral to Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust it is reviewed by a senior clinician to identify the best pathway for you as a patient.  This means you will only be invited to an appointment if it's clinically needed.

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Clinical Assessment Service (CAS)

  • Clinician reviews referrals received to decide appropriate next step for patient.

The outcome of this would be one of following:

  • Return the referral back to the GP with feedback
  • Patient to be offered a face to face/video/telephone appointment
  • Patient sent for further investigation

If the patient is sent for further investigation, the patient would be booked back into CAS clinic on receipt of all results for clinician review.

The outcome of this would be one of the following:

  • Patient requires appointment in OPD. Order to be placed on Power chart
  • Patient is discharged with no further treatment required and letter dictated and sent

What happens after I am referred to a CAS by my GP?

  • A specific message will be sent to all patients referred to a CAS stating CHFT have received a referral from your GP and it will be added to the waiting list for clinical review, we will be in touch once the review has been completed with the CAS contact number in contact section.
  • The referral may be returned to the GP with feedback as to why.
  • You may not be offered an appointment.
  • You may be offered a face to face/ Video or telephone appointment.
  • You could be sent straight to test or for further investigations.

What do I need to do?

You don’t need to do anything. You will be contacted by the department for the next steps after your referral has been received. 

Current Specialties with a CAS service

  • Cardiology 
  • Ear Nose and Throat
  • Gastroenterology  
  • Haematology 
  • Neurology 
  • Paediatrics 
  • Respiratory 
  • Rheumatology 
  • Gynaecology

Your feedback on this service

If your GP has made a referral to CHFT and it has been reviewed by a clinician in a Clinical Assessment Service we would really appreciate your feedback. Please complete this survey: Clinical Assessment Service (CAS) Patient survey (this link takes you Microsoft Form which is an external site).