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HEALTH: Cancer praise for hospitals facing Coronavirus challenges

Thursday 2nd April 2020

AS Coronavirus pressures grow on both Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells hospitals the hospital trust has been praised for a remarkable turnaround in hitting national targets for cancer treatments. 

It came at a meeting of the GP-led budget holding NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The trust achieved in January 97.67% against the national target of 96% for the 31-day cancer standard and 89.86% against the 85% target for 62-day treatment standard.  It hit 92.80% against the 93% for seeing a consultant within 14 days of a GP referral.

After months of seriously missed targets the trust worked closely with the CCG on widescale improvements, with considerable increased investment.   

This has significantly contributed to Kent and Medway Alliance rising to second highest in England compared with worst performing six months ago.

The CCG aims to ensure cancer patients continue to receive urgent and essential treatments safely as Coronavirus impacts on services.  The CCG heard each hospital has three virus wards and that independent hospitals (including The Horder Centre, Nuffield and KIMS) are now geared to assist.