Patients in and around Cheshire are being seen and treated for suspected cancer faster than the national average, according to the latest figures published by NHS England.
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT), which manages Leighton Hospital in Crewe, has been named as one of the country’s leading Trusts in terms of the proportion of cancer patients seen and treated within the expected time frames.
In the first three months of 2015/16 (April-June), 96.52% of patients who were referred to hospital by their GP with suspected cancer were seen, diagnosed and treated within 62 days. In comparison, the national average for the same period was 82% against an NHS England expectation of 85%.
The Trust also performed better than the national average for the percentage of patients who see a specialist within two weeks of an urgent GP referral (96.73% against an average of 93.62%) and the percentage of patients who begin their first definitive treatment within 31 days of receiving their diagnosis (99.24% against an average of 97.5%).
Delyth Owen, Clinical Nurse Manager for Cancer Services at MCHFT, said: “Early diagnosis is vital in the treatment of cancer, and these figures prove that we are able to see and treat our patients promptly and faster than most other hospitals in the country.
“Not only can the local community be assured that they will be seen quickly if they have a suspected cancer, but that this positive performance isn’t just a one-off as we exceeded the national standard for waiting times throughout 2014/15 too.”
NHS England published the latest data, covering Q1 2015/15, on Thursday, August 13, 2015. The data, available on the NHS England website (external website, link opens in new window), shows that MCHFT is one of the highest-performing Trusts for the 62-day ‘Referral to Treatment’ standard. The data covers a total of 168 providers.
2014/15 Performance for 62-day Referral to Treatment (NHS England standard = 85%):
- Q4 – 91.1%
- Q3 – 94.8%
- Q2 – 93.6%
- Q1 – 89.7%.