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Waiting Times Targets Delivered by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

April 21, 2009 12:12 PM

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Tough national targets for all inpatient, outpatient and key diagnostic appointments have been successfully delivered across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC).

At today’s Board meeting, members heard that no patient will now have to wait more than 12 weeks for a hospital appointment after they have been referred by their GP.

And two other milestones reached have been the achievement of a 12 week maximum waiting time from the decision to perform an operation and it taking place, while the length of time for referrals for diagnostic investigations and the procedure taking place has been reduced to six weeks.

Robert Calderwood, NHSGGC Chief Executive, said: “This is an incredible achievement thanks to the massive efforts of all of our staff.

“And this success story has brought additional benefits to patients by further reducing the burden of waiting for appointments or procedures, and reducing the anxiety this brings for patients and their families.

“More than ever patients attending hospitals in Greater Glasgow and Clyde can be confident that every effort is being made to ensure that they are seen and treated as quickly as possible.

“Meeting these targets is particularly pleasing when viewed in the context that we are treating some 88,000 inpatients, 362,000 new outpatients and 145,000 day cases every year.”
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For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.

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