Trust fig­ures a mixed bag

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

BUCKS has seen an im­prove­ment in test wait­ing times but has not got such a good record when it comes to A&E tar­gets and oc­cu­pancy of overnight beds.

Bucks Health­care Trust has im­proved the num­ber of can­cer pa­tients who start be­ing treated two months after be­ing di­ag­nosed over the past four years. The num­ber now stands at 90 per cent.

It has also im­proved the num­ber of peo­ple who do not have to wait be­tween six and 13 weeks for a hos­pi­tal di­ag­nos­tic test fol­low­ing re­fer­ral from a GP.

The num­ber of peo­ple wait­ing for that length of time was 55 per cent fewer on av­er­age at the end of each quar­ter in 2013/14 than were wait­ing at the end of 2010/11.

In A&E, the trust met the tar­get of treat­ing 95 per cent of peo­ple within four hours back in 2010, but it has slipped be­low that level for ev­ery year since then.

The trust has also seen a large rise in pa­tients stay­ing overnight over the past four years (91 per cent). PEO­PLE are be­ing given the chance to reg­is­ter for a char­ity chal­lenge which will take place in the Chilterns.

The Chilterns Three Peaks Chal­lenge will go ahead on Sun­day and peo­ple have un­til to­mor­row (Fri­day) to reg­is­ter on­line.

About 500 peo­ple are ex­pected to join this year’s chal­lenge, which has a five, nine or 18-mile walk to choose from.

Trans­port be­tween routes is be­ing pro­vided by Ar­riva buses and all routes start from Princes Ris­bor­ough School.

The event is held to raise funds for Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care, and the char­ity’s events man­ager Ruth Proud­foot said: “We’re very grate­ful to ev­ery­one who is sup­port­ing this year’s event. It’s a great day out for the whole fam­ily, in­clud­ing dogs, to walk and raise money at the same time.”

In 2013 the chal­lenge raised more than £30,000.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the event is £20 for adults, £10 for chil­dren be­tween five and 16, with un­der fives go­ing free. The en­trance fee in­cludes a t-shirt, a medal on com­ple­tion and wa­ter along the route.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.ren­niegrove. org/chiltern­s3­peaks.

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