Pleural Effusion

Pleural Effusion Hotline

The Pleural effusion hotline is a one-stop clinic in which patients with a new or existing unilateral pleural effusion are seen by a respiratory physician within 7 days of referral. Patients with a new effusion will undergo an assessment, CT scan and pleural aspiration (diagnostic +/- therapeutic) on the same day. Patients with an existing effusion can also be referred for a therapeutic aspiration.

Please see Acute GP Service link on how to refer: