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Pleural Effusion Hotline

If your case is considered urgent (e.g. hypoxic, dyspnoeic, etc) please discuss cases with the Acute GP service for potential admission.

[Acute GPs - Please refer on MAXIMS stating either inpatient or outpatient.]


New undiagnosed unilateral effusions

Lung cancer fast track referral form to be completed.

For direct pleural fast track referral, please ensure you tick the “new unilateral pleural effusion” box on the lung cancer referral form.

Please ensure patients have had eGFR, FBC and clotting screen performed at time of referral. Please state any anticoagulants taken in clinical details.

NB: these forms are screened by administrators so will not be identified as pleural if only documented in clinical details. Pleural effusion box MUST be ticked.

Pleural patients already known to the service

For pleural management advice or to request for a pleural review appointment, please email


General advice on pleural management

For non-urgent general advice on pleural patients and management, please email


Pleural Clinical Nurse Specialist contact details:


Pleural CNS office: 01872 252058

Working hours Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

For urgent queries outside of these hours, please contact the Respiratory registrars through the hospital switchboard

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