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Weekend clinics to ease waiting list

Fri, 22 Jan 2021

The Breast Service at Noble’s Hospital is to hold additional clinics over the next few weeks in an important effort to reduce a backlog of patients waiting for a symptomatic appointment.

The initiative begins this weekend, with support from the local Breast team and a locum Consultant Radiologist who has been engaged to provide extra cover. An additional 30 clinic slots will be offered across Saturday and Sunday and run for the following four or five weekends.

The extra clinics will reduce the waiting time for appointments for those people concerned about breast symptoms and assist efforts to meet the target two week wait between initial referral and the patient being seen in hospital for the first time.

Referrals to the symptomatic clinics have increased significantly since June 2020, and are outstripping the number of slots available.

Health and Social Care Minister David Ashford said: ‘We are acting to address a pressing issue. Our target two week wait aims to provide a timely, high quality service – which patients rightly expect. The extra clinics are an interim measure while we look to find a longer term solution."


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