As the Western Isles campaign to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer launches this month, NHS Western Isles is delighted to report that it continues to achieve 100 per cent against cancer waiting time targets.
According to the latest figures, between April 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012, 100 per cent of Western Isles patients suspected to have cancer started treatment within the target time of 62 days after urgent referral (the national average was 95.3 per cent). Within the same period, all patients in the Western Isles started treatment within the target of 31 days once the decision to treat had been made; exceeding the national average of 98 per cent.
NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson said: "The target set by the Scottish Government for both the 31 day and 62 day measures is 95 per cent. We are delighted to be able to continue to report that 100 per cent of patients in the Western Isles are receiving treatment within the national waiting time guarantees. It's extremely important that both patients and their families to have as short a wait as possible for both diagnostic tests and treatment and that is why these measures are so important."
He added: "Alongside ensuring that patients wait as short a time as possible, the local Health Board is also promoting the national Detect Cancer Early programme, which aims to diagnose cancers earlier and treat patients when less aggressive treatment is required. The latest focus of the campaign is breast cancer and raising awareness of the signs and symptoms. Michelle McManus will join us in the Western Isles this week to help promote the important messages of how to detect cancer early, and improve survival rates.
For further information, visit www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk and click on the Detect Cancer Early icon, or the Breast Awareness icon."
Commenting on the figures, Health Secretary Alex Neil said: "We know how important it is for both patients and their families to have as short a wait as possible for both diagnostic tests and treatment and that is why we are continuing to drive down waiting times for cancer patients across Scotland.
"Alongside this our £30 million Detect Cancer Early programme aims to diagnose cancers earlier and treat patients when less aggressive treatment is required. Together all of this will improve survival and reap benefits for patients, their families and all of Scotland."