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Hospital Trust Amongst Top Performing For Waiting Time Targets

25 October 2017

A new online tool that shows people the performance of their local hospitals places Crewe’s Leighton Hospital as one of the top performing in the country.

The BBC’s NHS Tracker ranks Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which manages the hospital, number one out of 131 trusts for the percentage of people who receive planned hospital care within the national waiting time target.

96.8% of patients waited less than 18 weeks for non-emergency treatment in August 2017, compared to the England average of 89.4%.

The Trust, which also manages Northwich’s Victoria Infirmary and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, also performed well (second out of 135 trusts) in relation to cancer care. 

95.3% of its cancer patients began treatment within 62 days of urgent GP referral in August. This compares to the England average of 82.6% against a target of 85%.

The interactive tracker, which was published last week, also places the Trust as the top performing Emergency Department in the North West in terms of waiting times.

94% of A&E patients were treated or admitted within four hours in September while the average figure for England was 89.7%.

Tracy Bullock, Chief Executive of Mid Cheshire Hospitals, said: “We are pleased with these latest figures and, more importantly, that we can see and treat the majority of our patients within the national waiting time targets.

“We are now entering the winter period where the pressure on NHS services across the country is expected to increase significantly. We are therefore working closely with our partners to ensure we remain resilient.”

Similar to other Trusts, Mid Cheshire Hospitals is working with other agencies and clinicians on programmes to improve in-hospital processes to ensure patients move quickly, safely and smoothly through and out of hospital. 

Partnership working is also taking place to safely speed up discharges for people who don’t need to be in hospital, as well as reduce readmissions.

Tracy added: “NHS staff are working incredibly hard so that we can continue to deliver the best care possible. There are steps we can all take, however, to help ease any additional pressure on the NHS this winter and one of these is choosing the right service for your health needs.”

Self-care is often the best choice to treat common illnesses and complaints such as coughs, colds and sore throats, all of which can usually be treated with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.

Local pharmacies can also provide confidential expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints without the need to wait for a GP appointment.

If you need medical help fast but it’s not a life-threatening situation call NHS 111. The service is free, confidential, and can also direct you to the best medical care when you’re unsure what to do.

Further information on the tracker, as well as the tracker itself, can be found by visiting:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41483322