GP placement student toolkit

Publication date:
07 October 2021
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Red flags

Knowing your red flags is essential as it is vital to the proper management of a patients condition. Red flags helps a clinician to screen patients from sinister pathologies. This is important so that patients can be directed to appropriate care.


  • Constant pain that gets progressively worse
  • General malaise
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Night sweats
  • Widespread change of sensation
  • Pain Bilaterally


  • 5 D's and 3 N's


  • Saddle Anaesthesia or bowel and bladder incontinence