Can­cer tar­get suc­cess

NHS staff praised

Rutherglen Reformer - - Health Matters - Staff re­porter

NHS La­nark­shire, which cov­ers Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, achieved a key na­tional tar­get on can­cer treat­ment wait­ing times in 2015, ac­cord­ing to new statis­tics.

Scot­tish stan­dards re­quire 95 per cent of pa­tients to re­ceive treat­ment within 62 days of an ur­gent re­fer­ral with sus­pected can­cer or a pos­i­tive screen­ing.

Fig­ures from the health ser vice’s in­for­ma­tion divi­sion re­veal that the La­nark­shire board met the tar­get in each quar­ter of last year.

The most re­cent statis­tics, for Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber, show that NHS La­nark­shire was one of three ar­eas to meet the stan­dard, with 95.3 per cent of pa­tients start­ing treat­ment within that time – above the na­tional av­er­age of 90.8 per cent. Di­rec­tor of acute ser­vices Heather Knox said: “Our per­for­mance is down to the ded­i­ca­tion and hard work of our staff.

“We’re work­ing hard to main­tain and im­prove our per­for­mance to en­sure pa­tients con­tinue to re­ceive the high­est stan­dards of care while avoid­ing de­lays for pa­tients where pos­si­ble.

“The wait af­ter a sus­pi­cion of can­cer is raised is par­tic­u­larly dis­tress­ing and anx­ious for pa­tients and their fam­i­lies. The stan­dard in­tends that they re­ceive tests as quickly as pos­si­ble, and, if di­ag­nosed, be­gin treat­ment as soon as pos­si­ble.”

NHS La­nark­shire also achieved the stan­dard that 95 per cent of can­cer pa­tients should be­gin re­ceiv­ing treat­ment within 31 days of such a de­ci­sion be­ing made. A to­tal of 95.5 per cent of pa­tients were treated within that time, com­pared to the av­er­age of 96.4 per cent.

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