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The publication of the iron deficiency guidelines in 20051 and the adoption of iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) as a 2-week referral criterion by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence lower gastrointestinal (GI) cancer guidelines2 should have focused attention on this historically poorly managed condition. There is evidence from the primary care literature of poor adherence to previous IDA guidelines.3 In order to evaulate adherence to the new IDA guidelines in our trust, we undertook a short prospective audit of all patients admitted in 1 month through …
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