Salisbury Foundation Trust

FOI_5678

Internal Reference Number: FOI_5678

Date Request Received: 29/05/2020 11:53:48

Date Request Replied To: 12/06/2020 09:57:18

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Request Summary: Cancer waiting times

Request Category: Media

 
Question Number 1:
How many patients are currently awaiting an appointment for imaging studies/scans that have been requested? And how many are awaiting the results of scans that are yet to be assessed?
Please can you specify how many of these are on a cancer pathway.
Please also specify the date your records go up to. Please can you also provide the data for how many were waiting during the same time period last year.
 
Answer To Question 1:
Our monthly performance for Diagnostics (DM01) is available on the following website, which the requestor can access themselves. This will allow the requestor to compare multiple time periods. We don’t have detail that splits the month end waiting list to those that are on a Cancer pathway.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/diagnostics-waiting-times-and-activity/monthly-diagnostics-waiting-times-and-activity/
 
Question Number 2:
How many two-week wait cancer referrals had to wait longer than 14 days for an appointment in May 2020, May 2019, and May 2018? Please break this down by year and specialty receiving referral.
 
Answer To Question 2:
Our monthly performance for Cancer Wait Times (CWT) is available on the following website, which the requestor can access themselves. This will allow the requestor to compare multiple time periods and see the split by Cancer Type.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/cancer-waiting-times/
 
Question Number 3:
How many more scanners are needed to address the shortfall in imaging capacity?
 
Answer To Question 3:
Currently 2 days per week external CT and 2 days per week external MRI are required to address shortfall.

It should be noted that this number is affected by current pandemic planning
 
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