NHS Borders achieves waiting time targets

NHS Borders has achieved 100% for people urgently referred and diagnosed with cancer - exceeding the national waiting time target by 5% - according to current figures.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 10:41 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 10:41 am

Scotland's Chief Statistician published Cancer Waiting Times Statistics for July to September 2009 this week. The publication includes the number of cancer patients urgently referred for each of the geographic health boards and the proportion of these treated within 62 days of referral, broken down by tumour site.

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NHS Borders has continued to perform well against the national target of 95%. Of the mainland Health Boards, NHS Borders had the highest proportion of patients starting treatment within 62 days of their referral, achieving 100% between July and September 2009.

Ralph Roberts, Director of Integrated Health Strategy for NHS Borders welcomed the result. He said: 'We are committed to delivering first class health care and fast, responsive services that minimise anxiety for patients and their families. This achievement reflects our commitment and we are proud of the hard work of all our staff in delivering this result."