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20 July 2007 at 10:25
The Government has quite clearly stated that by the end of 2008 all patients should have to wait no longer than 18 weeks from referral by their GP to their first treatment at hospital. This is to include outpatient appointments, diagnostic tests and anything else needed to be done before the procedure or operation is carried out.

One of the most important parts of the 18-week pathway is the diagnostic element. Many patients find themselves in a ‘bottleneck’ of waiting for a scan or other diagnostic service before they are referred for an operation or treatment. This can be a worrying and uncertain time for patients. To them it is very much part of the time they have to wait.

To achieve an 18 week referral to treatment time for patients, diagnostics teams within Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust have been working hard over the last 12 months to reduce waiting times to less than 13 weeks currently and are aiming towards them being a maximum of 2 weeks wait by February 08.

Commenting on the tremendous achievements so far within the Radiology Department Dr Anita Brown Clinical Director for Radiology said, “Team work has been the key to achieving our targets to date and will be the foundation for meeting the future targets for Diagnostic Imaging”.

Audiology Department Manager Chris Almond contributed, “As a diagnostic team we were continually frustrated on behalf of our patient’s when they were faced with a long wait. We are now well on the way to accomplishing a waiting time with a maximum of 6 weeks, which not only brings great benefit to our patients but also job satisfaction to the team”.

Finally, Kevin Clarkson, Deputy Chief Executive added, “This is very good news for our patients, and a tribute should be paid to the staff who have been working hard to achieve this goal. Overall, the Trust is well on the way to meet the Governments aim of reducing waiting times to 18 weeks from referral to treatment.”

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714