Cancer Appointments Must Not Be Missed says Senior Health Leader

21 September 2020 1:51pm

Do not miss your cancer appointments is the message from a senior health leader at Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

During the first Committees in Common Board Meeting of the county’s two CCGs, Dr Julie Davies, Head of Performance for NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCGs, warned that patients who miss their cancer appointments pose a long term risk to their health.

Dr Davies said: “Across the county, we have maintained good cancer appointment performance during the coronavirus pandemic and have seen a reduction of over 35% in patients who have been on the waiting list for over 62 days.

“This is very positive news and the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust continues to bring this waiting list down. However, we are experiencing a challenge with some patients who are reluctant to go back to hospital for either their cancer diagnoses or appointment.

“I want to reassure everyone that the county’s hospitals are safe to visit and that patients should attend their appointments.

Dr Julian Povey, Joint Chair of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCGs, said: “It is extremely important that we are able to deliver cancer diagnoses and appointments in a timely fashion so that the best care can be provided to our patients.”

“NHS professionals have worked hard to put in place the necessary infection prevention and control measures to ensure people can access essential services, seek medical help and attend pre-booked appointments safely during the pandemic.

“It is understandable to feel concerned during this time but if you have an important appointment scheduled, particularly where delay can pose a risk to your health, you must attend that appointment.”

If you think you may have symptoms of cancer, or have noticed a change which isn’t normal for you, please speak to your GP or contact NHS 111 as soon as possible for further advice and guidance.