|St George’s Healthcare Passes Annual Cancer Targets|
Over 95% of patients with suspected cancer seen by trust within 14 days of seeing GP
St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust has passed all national cancer treatment and diagnosis targets for 2011/12, improving the prospects for thousands of cancer patients.
Figures published by the Department of Health showed over 95 per cent of patients with suspected cancer were seen at St George’s Hospital, Tooting or Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, within 14 days of seeing their GP. Nearly 98 per cent of cancer patients received their first treatment within one month of being diagnosed.
Cancer targets are set nationally and ensure that patients who are either suspected of having cancer or who have been diagnosed receive treatment as quickly as possible. If found to have cancer, patients must receive their first treatment and any subsequent treatment within specific timelines.
Mr Nicholas Hyde, clinical director for cancer services, said: