With cancer patients continuing to be left in limbo, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust says there is “lots more” it can do.

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As reported by Isle of Wight Radio last week, people are being left waiting, as the Trust continues to miss its 62-day referral to treatment target.

The Trust’s own figures reveal the 85% standard has not been successfully achieved since August, 2017. At one point, just 65% of patients were being referred two treatment within two months.

The Isle of Wight NHS’ Director of Acute Services said waiting times at mainland hospitals is a leading factor.

When asked by Isle of Wight Radio if any of these services could be brought to the Island to ease waiting times Nikki Turner said:

“Not for some of the specialist services, no. What is really important is we work with our partners to actually improve services there. And actually, we’re doing that with a many  services because we can’t deliver everything on the Island – and we need to recognise that.”

She added:

“We have seen some improvements in a number of pathways but urological and colorectal – our highest number of patients are seen through those pathways. That we need to do further work on.

“So we have seen some but not all improvements, and it does take time.”

Nikki went on to tell Isle of Wight Radio it is hoped a second MRI scanner would become a permanent fixture at St Mary’s Hospital, to help improve diagnostic services.

It currently takes the form of a mobile scanner within the hospital’s car park, which is expected to be in operation until March.

Listen to Lauren Roberts speaking to Director of Acute Services, Nikki Turner.