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Hospital trust: Inquiry is an opportunity to learn and improve

The NHS Trust which will be subject to an inquiry into waiting times has moved to reassure patients that the quality of care is not in question.

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was found to have missed targets over waiting times in A&E and NHS regulator Monitor also raised concerns that that some patients are waiting too long to be seen for cancer treatment once they have been referred to a specialist by their GP.

In a statement the Trust said it welcomes the inquiry:

We must treat any scrutiny of our performance as an opportunity to learn and improve, and whilst I do not want people to be unduly worried by this it is nonetheless something we are approaching as an absolutely priority.

The difficulties in A&E are well documented, and in many ways this action by Monitor is inevitable given the pressures we are facing.

Not all A&E attendances are emergencies, and our patients can be reassured that we prioritise and quickly treat those most in need of care. There needs to be a recognition that this is a whole-system issue and not one that can only be resolved through changes in either A&E or the wider acute pathway within our hospitals.

I would like to reassure patients that Monitor’s investigation is not concerned with the care or treatment provided for our cancer patients. The issue is with our difficulty in meeting targets around initial assessment and diagnosis in specific specialties. We are meeting targets relating to treatment times for cancer, and overall time from referral to treatment is also within target.

– Patrick Crowley, Chief Executive of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

York MP welcomes inquiry

A York MP has welcomed the announcement that waiting times are to be scrutinised at hospitals in York.

York MP welcomes inquiry Credit: Julian Sturdy MP

NHS regulator Monitor says the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has failed to meet Government A&E waiting time targets for the fifth time in two years and has raised concerns over cancer patient referrals.

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy says that while the quality of care is good, waiting times remain a concern:

Whilst the majority of respondents have been largely satisfied with the quality of care they received, it has been clear that waiting times are a major issue. The current delays are frankly not good enough as I have made clear to the Hospital Trust. I have already been in contact with representatives at Monitor and I will be fully supporting their efforts to get to the bottom of why these delays are occurring.

– Julian Sturdy MP

York hospitals face waiting time inquiry

NHS regulator Monitor has announced it will open an inquiry into waiting times at hospitals in York.

NHS regulator Monitor has announced it will open an inquiry into waiting times at hospitals in York. Credit: PA

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has missed the quarterly national A&E waiting time target for the fifth time in nearly two years and, according to Monitor, there is evidence that some patients are waiting too long to be seen once referred for cancer treatment.

Although the trust has plans in place to improve itsA&E performance and to cut cancer waiting times, Monitor is concerned that it has taken too long to fix these serious issues.

It is simply not acceptable for patients to be waiting too long in A&E or to be seen following a cancer referral. That’s why we are opening an investigation to understand the issues and, if necessary, make sure the trust makes urgent improvements on behalf of its patients.

– Frances Shattock, Regional Director at Monitor


Appeal for missing Scunthorpe woman

Police are appealing to the public for help in locating missing Scunthorpe woman Hayley Marsden who has not been seen since Sunday 31 August .

Hayley Marsden has not been seen since Sunday Credit: Humberside Police

Hayley, 41, of Bluebell Close, Scunthorpe was last seen at around 4.30pm on Sunday when she is reported to have left The Tavern public house, Hiigh Street, Scunthorpe. Hayley is described as white, 5 ft 6 ins tall and of medium build with shoulder length blond hair.

When last seen she was wearing purple and red patterned trousers with a denim jacket and black Thoms shoes.

Police and family are becoming increasingly concerned for Haylley’s welfare as her disappearance is out of character and she has not been in touch with family members.

Enquiries to date have suggested that Hayley may have got into a taxi, reported as being a silver coloured Toyota Avensis, close to where she was last seen. Police are keen to trace the dirver of that vehicle as they may have information which could assist with enquiries.

20 bikers & a giant elephant raise awareness of childhood cancer

A giant elephant and 20 bikers will be turning heads in York today as they rev their rides to raise awareness of childhood cancer.

For this September's Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, NCCA UK is giving children with cancer a voice through its Long Way to Go event.

Long Way to Go is an international motorcycle ride which sees a biking convoy escorting an 8ft elephant covered in pictures of children affected by cancer. The tour takes in locations of importance to young people with cancer all over the UK and Ireland.

The message- there's a Long Way to Go…to cure childhood cancer.

Treatments for childhood cancer must become more effective and there is an immediate need to increase scientific understanding of the disease in children. With more research and innovation more children will survive cancer.

The NCCA UK supported York boy Jamie Inglis, who lost his life to the aggressive caner neuroblastoma.

Jamie Inglis who died last year after a long battle with cancer Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The convoy will be stopping at York Minster to meet Jamie's mum, Vicky Inglis, who has devoted her career to helping others affected by childhood cancer.

When Jamie relapsed and was extremely poorly, we ran out of options in the UK and turned to the NCCA UK to help us access the potentially life-saving treatment Jamie needed abroad.

"Unfortunately our beautiful son passed away however, many families still have hope. Childhood cancer is not a death certificate many children do get through it.

"However, more funds and research need to be allocated to drive forward positive change."

– Vicky Inglis, Jamie's mother

NCCA UK's Chief Executive, Bettina Bungay-Balwah, added that: "We do have a long way to go before the unthinkable situation of losing children to cancer is a thing of the past, but the improvements made over the last twenty years give us legitimate hope. Long Way to Go is all about highlighting the need to build on these successes."

– Bettina Bungay-Balwah, NCCA UK's Chief Executive

Falklands veteran Weston to speak at Lincolnshire conference

Falklands veteran Simon Weston OBE will be the keynote speaker today at a mental health and social care event organised by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust at Lincolnshire Showground.

Simon Weston Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Former Welsh Guardsman Simon, who was badly burned when his ship, Sir Galahad, was attacked in the conflict, will publicly share his story and convey his message of single-minded determination to not only accept what is, but to turn that to your advantage by demonstrating how a positive mental attitude can help achieve great goals.

We are privileged Simon has agreed to be the speaker at our event and annual public meeting.

"We are looking forward to hearing about his road to physical and mental health recovery as well as learning of his incredible business and charitable achievements."

– Eileen Ziemer-Cottingham, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust chairman

Family celebrate birthday of baby saved by cool-headed sister

A family in Doncaster are celebrating the first birthday of a little girl whose life was probably saved by her quick thinking sister.

Evie Norman was just seven-years-old when her pregnant mum Louise collapsed in front of her. Instead of panicking, she called the ambulance service who talked her through what to do:

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