Trust figures a mixed bag
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.