Usually, you begin by seeing your GP. Your GP will normally look at your eyes and the colour of your skin to check for jaundice, test your urine for bile and take some blood samples. They may examine your tummy (abdomen) to feel for any swelling in the area of the liver. They will also ask if you have noticed any changes in your bowel habits or in your weight.
Your GP will then refer you to hospital for tests and for specialist advice and treatment. If you are aged 60 or older and have symptoms, your doctor may arrange a referral and an urgent CT scan or ultrasound. If you are aged 40 or older and have jaundice, you should be seen at the hospital within two weeks.
At the hospital, a specialist doctor will ask about your general health and any previous medical problems. They will then examine you and organise some tests and scans.