Probe into waiting times at Lancashire hospitals

Watchdog Monitor says some patients are waiting too long at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital and the Royal Preston Hospital.

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Trust says it's working hard to tackle delays

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals said the delays arose because of "intense" pressure on services last winter.

As a result some elective procedures were cancelled to enable staff to target urgent cases.

Last winter our urgent care services experienced intense, growing and unsustainable pressure.

"To help manage this pressure and make sure patients with urgent needs could receive prompt treatment we postponed a number of elective procedures, and have since found it challenging to meet the 18 week standard for admitted patients. "

– Karen Partington, Chief Executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

“In recent years we have made great progress in significantly reducing hospital acquired infections.

“We are absolutely committed to providing excellent care with compassion, and will be working closely with Monitor in the coming weeks to share our recovery plans, and make sure we are taking every action possible to deliver timely treatment, and reduce hospital acquired infection.”

– Karen Partington, Chief Executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Probe into waiting times at Lancashire hospitals

Health regulator Monitor has launched an investigation into why some patients are waiting too long for treatment at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The trust provides services to patients at the Chorley and South Ribble Hospital, the Royal Preston Hospital and a Specialist Mobility and Rehabilitation Centre which works across the county.

Monitor said since April 2013 the trust had failed to see some patients within 18 weeks of them being referred by their GP.

Its inquiry will find out which services have been affected and whether the trust has breached its licence to provide healthcare services.

Patients rightly expect the best possible standards of care from their local hospital and if problems are found will expect action to be taken quickly.

“Currently patients are waiting too long for some treatments and we want to know why this is happening.

"We will take further action to ensure things are put right, if necessary.”

– Robert Davidson, Regional Director, Monitor

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