Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (BHT) have thanked their staff for their hard work, as waits have improved across seven key areas over the past year.

The Trust is now delivering ahead of the national average for Emergency
Department (A&E), Cancer and Diagnostic waits and is in the top three Trusts
with the most improved performance in the South East. They delivered this
in a context of c.10% increases in demand.

Based on latest NHS England statistics, Buckinghamshire Healthcare
NHS Trust has shown improvement in the seven key areas that are
used to assess how well the Trust is delivering outstanding care to the residents
of Buckinghamshire, including cancer.

Comparing March 2024 to March 2023, the improvements included a 10%
improvement in early cancer diagnosis with the Trust now achieving the national
standard and more than halving waits for diagnostic tests.
For the first time in over ten years the Trust also achieved a year-on-year
improvement in waiting times in the Emergency Department.

This has all been achieved despite significant increases in demand over the
same period including:

• Referrals for cancer increasing by 9%
• Referrals to our community teams increasing by 9%

To deliver this the Trust recruited more doctors and nurses, including
doubling the number of Emergency Department consultants; opened new
facilities including a dedicated Skin Cancer centre in Amersham; and improved
efficiency for example by running all day operating lists so more patients were
operated on each day.

Commenting on the results, Raghuv Bhasin, Chief Operating Officer at the Trust

“Thanks to the dedication our colleagues, and support from our partners,
we have made significant improvements to the waiting times for patients in
Buckinghamshire. We have much to look forward to in 2024/25 as we continue to
reduce waiting times including additional MRI and CT scanners, a new ward at
Stoke Mandeville and a centre of excellence for ophthalmology. I am confident
with the team we have in place in the Trust and wider system that we will
continue to drive improvements in the care and waiting times in the coming

Zoe McIntosh, our Chief Executive said:

We’re delighted to see the significant improvements Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust have made in reducing waiting times for patients in Buckinghamshire and are grateful to the staff who made this happen. We look forward to this progress continuing over the
coming year and the positive impact this will undoubtedly have on the experience
and outcomes for patients.

To find out more, visit the BHT website.

Published on 14 May

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