Board told of NHS Lothian cancer success

Treatment was started within the expected time for all people urgently referred to NHS Lothian’s experts in cancer in February, according to a paper debated at the meeting.

The government standard states 95% of patients should begin treatment within 62 days of their urgent referral to specialist cancer services.
Dr Charles Swainson, Medical Director, NHS Lothian, said:

“I am delighted that we are sustaining our achievement and continuing to deliver swift high-quality care for our patients.  The multi-disciplinary team at our regional cancer centre should be congratulated for their continued success.” 

NHS Lothian began hitting the target between July and September last year and has sustained this achievement since then, according to the latest available figures.
NHS Lothian moved last year to support staff in cancer services through investment in a number of new key roles, including three new posts for doctors, seven new senior nurse roles and additional administration staff.
Improvements in access to scanning technology – suggested by staff themselves through NHS Lothian’s Lean in Lothian programme – were also put in place to deliver faster treatment.