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Rotherham has the lowest waiting times in the UK

16 Dec 2011 11:39:31

Recent statistics from the Department of Health show that The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) has the lowest patient waiting times in the whole of the UK. 

The average length of waiting time for all TRFT patients is just 5.5 weeks whereas patients at other local hospitals and Trusts could wait up to 10.4 weeks for treatment. 

Matthew Lowry, Chief of Rotherham Hospital says: “We are delighted to have the lowest waiting times in the country and think staff should be exceptionally proud of this achievement. This has not been achieved by accident and everyone at the Trust has worked very hard to make sure that our patients are seen as quickly as possible whilst maintaining the highest standards of care. 

“Reducing waiting times has been a key focus of our strategy for the last six years, since we became a Foundation Trust. This reflects the priorities of our patients and Governors. Whilst the national target from referral to treatment is 18 weeks, we have worked to a local target we set ourselves of nine weeks. Not only have we reached that, we have far exceeded it and sustained this reduction, so that on average most of our patients are seen for an outpatient appointment within ten days. 

“The management team has worked closely with staff from each speciality to look at how we can make sure patients are seen quickly whilst ensuring we offer the best care possible and more choice for them too. We are very proud to deliver these low waiting times to the people of Rotherham.” 


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