Search

Half wait too long for elective surgery at Queen’s and King George, trust board reveals

12:48 04 September 2014

The two hospitals run by the trust: King George in Goodmayes (top) and Queen's in Romford (bottom)

The two hospitals run by the trust: King George in Goodmayes (top) and Queen's in Romford (bottom)

Archant

A huge backlog of patients awaiting surgery, summer recruitment difficulties and plans to make hospital premises smoke-free were revealed yesterday by the trust that runs Queen’s and King George hospitals.

Nearly 50 per cent of patients referred for elective surgery have had to wait more than 18 weeks, the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust board was told on Wednesday.

Nationally, trusts are expected to ensure no more than 10pc of patients have to wait no longer than 18 weeks, meaning the struggling BHRUT is still missing the target by a significant margin.

Board papers released ahead of the board meeting reveal that - as of August 26, 2014 - 3,938 of the 7,951 patients on the “admitted” waiting list still have not been in for elective surgery.

Some 80 patients have had to wait even longer, over a year, for their treatment - a fall from 148 in June. The NHS Constitution says no patients should have to wait more than 52 weeks.

BHRUT chief executive Matthew Hopkins, who replaced former trust boss Averil Dongworth in April, said the figures were “unacceptable” but stressed he was “absolutely determined that all our patients are seen as quickly as possible”.

He added the trust would be providing extra operations at King George and Queen’s, and intended to meet national standards by “mid-2015”.

In a damning Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection last year, BHRUT was criticised for its over-reliance on temporary, and therefore more expensive, staff, including nurses.

In Wednesday’s board meeting, nursing director Flo Panel Coates said: “We were looking to be in a better position than we are but August has been a really difficult month.”

She added: “In August we had a higher reliance on temporary staff and that has meant higher costs, but we have done this in response to specific risks.”

Earlier in the meeting, held at King George Hospital in Goodmayes, BHRUT chairman Dr Maureen Dalziel launched the trust’s consultation on making the entirety of its sites smoke-free.

“As a health service dedicated to fighting illness, we do not want to condone an activity which is known to cause disease and early death,” she said.

On Wednesday evening, BHRUT held its annual general meeting, where members of the public got the chance to quiz board members.

Trust bosses spoke candidly about past failings and outlined measures it was taking to improve.

Read more:

Trust spends £4m on temporary staff in a year to keep Queen’s Hospital A&E running
Queen’s and King George hospital chief: ‘We’re starting to see improvements’
CQC report: Patients are at risk at unsafe King George Hospital A&E

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford News Stories

Wood walk

Pupils, parents and teachers were delighted with their handiwork as they created an art trail in the woods using recycled items.

14:00
Patient Mike Dewison and former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash.

A former Wimbledon champion stopped off in Romford to cut the ribbon for a new state-of-the-art CT scanner.

12:00
Havering Council's flower bed for Her Majesty�s birthday.

Havering is this year’s biggest winners at the London in Bloom competition after it toppled last year’s previous record.

Yesterday, 17:13
Journalist and BBC presenter Jeremy Vine wrote an emotional letter to the victim of a viral assault video. Picture Credit: PA images

BBC broadcaster Jeremy Vine wrote an emotional letter to the victim of a viral assault video revealing his own experiences with bullies.

Yesterday, 16:30
Newtons Primary School in Rainham is having a make-over of it's garden. Teacher Lynette Allsop is leading the project.

A primary school is appealing for volunteers and businesses to help it create a new garden in the playground.

Yesterday, 15:30
George Woodward with tracker dog Cole in Bessbrook Mill in Northern Ireland in 1988

A breakfast club for veterans is holding its first ever gathering to give the chance for military members to get together and share their experiences.

Yesterday, 12:48
Miley, seven, and  India, 18-months, withTaylor Chalk, far right, who helped his mum's ex-partner Nicholas to safety after a house fire.

A 12-year-old boy has been hailed a hero after saving his stepdad from a fire which engulfed the family home.

Yesterday, 10:28
Romford Magistrates' Court

A father threatened to “kill” his ex-girlfriend after she ignored his calls and didn’t pay him back money owed.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

VW Golf Estate

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now