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SHORTER WAITING TIMES FOR MORE THAN EVER BEFORE

December 19, 2006 2:32 PM

Thousands of patients throughout Greater Glasgow and Clyde are being treated quicker than ever before.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is making significant strides in reducing inpatient, day case and outpatient waits.

The Health Board is on target to meet the December 2006 18-week target for in-patient and day case treatment.By the end of this month no NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde patient will wait more than 18 weeks.

In addition, during the first half of 2007 we will reduce waiting times for diagnostic imaging and endoscopy to a maximum of nine weeks.

Robert Calderwood, Chief Operating Officer, Acute Division said:"We recognise that a lot of work still needs to be done in other areas and are committed to tackling waiting times.

"We have committed major levels of investment in a wide range of hospital-based services to ensure we achieve and maintain waiting time targets.This includes more staff, additional theatre capacity and extended hours of working.

"We are investing £24 million recurrently, including £9 million of extra funds in orthopaedics – an area where waiting times have been amongst the longest.

"We have been, and continue, to build up capacity over the long-term to ensure that meeting targets is more than just a quick fix and we are using this additional capacity to help reduce ASC codes."

Mr Calderwood added: "Redeveloping our services and delivering the new Stobhill and Victoria Hospitals will further enable us to offer faster and more efficient services to patients."

ENDS

For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4447.

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