Waiting times at Basildon Hospital reach record high

THE number of people waiting for treatment at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals is at its highest level on record.

There were 25,484 people waiting for treatment at the trust at the end of April, the highest number since records began in August 2007.

The number of people on the waiting list at the trust has jumped by 4.8 per cent compared to last April, when 24,321 people were waiting.

At the end of April, 80.8 per cent of patients waiting for treatment had been on the list for less than 18 weeks, below the target is 92 per cent.

This meant 4,903 patients were waiting longer than the target time, with 36 patients having spent more than a year on the waiting list.

The average median waiting time at the end of April was 9.3 weeks.

However Southend Hospital saw the highest number of people – 26,117 – waiting for treatment.

The number of people waiting for treatment at Princess Alexandra Hospital has also increased since April 2017, though the total is down from the 19,907 in 2016.

There were 16,600 people waiting for treatment at the trust at the end of April.

The number of people on the waiting list at the trust has jumped by 15.2 per cent since last April, when 14,400 people were waiting for treatment.

At the end of April, 89.1 per cent of patients waiting for treatment had been on the list for less than 18 weeks, below the target of 92 per cent. This meant 1,807 patients were waiting longer than the target time.

Mid Essex Hospital has not submitted waiting list figures since December 2017, when the number of people waiting for treatment at Mid Essex was 46,100.

Sharon Salthouse, director of operations for planned and scheduled care, said: “Like most hospitals, we experienced an extremely busy winter period and therefore needed to prioritise emergency patients.

“This inevitably impacted on the number of routine operations we were able to perform.
“This means that some patients have had to wait longer for their surgery and we would like to apologise for this delay.

“Our elective surgical ward has been reinstated and we continue to work with our healthcare partners to look at what steps we can take to reduce our waiting list further.”

4 Responses to "Waiting times at Basildon Hospital reach record high"

  1. horndon   June 22, 2018 at 11:08 am

    We have a Tory government, and two Tory MP’s for Thurrock, so this isn’t really surprising. Their recent announcement of additional funding for the NHS has come because the service has deteriorated so rapidly against a backdrop of 8 years of cuts and austere measures.

  2. thurrocksgonedownhill   June 22, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Lets not forget Labour closing Orsett Hospital or Tilbury Hospital before that even.
    Fact is Basildon Hospital suffers from severe incompetence and seriously needs a complete overhall.

  3. Ed   June 24, 2018 at 9:06 am

    For decades the trend has been to cram more and more services into one site. Orsett would have been an ideal site to expand a new hospital for Thurrock but unfortunately the majority of the site was sold off for housing under Labours watch (despite campaigning to ‘Save Orsett Hospital’.

    14.6 acres were sold for £20 million in 2000 after beng rubber stamped by Labour Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. The Chairman of the NHS Trust was a former Thurrock Labour Councillor David Hooper who pushed for the sale.

    When in opposition Labour blamed the wicked Tories for everything that happened to Orsett Hospital.

    When we had a Labour Government local and national Labour blamed the wicked NHS Trust (whose Chairman was a formed Thurrock Labour Councillor) for everything that happened to Orsett Hospital. Even the Minister for Health Alan Milburn blamed the NHS Trust (He had previously visited Basildon to campaign for Angela Smith when she was standing as a Labour MP – part of her campaign was to ‘Save Orsett Hospital from those wicked Tories – strangely she did not campaign to flog off 5/6ths of the site for housing).

  4. thurrocksgonedownhill   June 24, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Well said Ed,
    To many numbnuts blame the Tories.

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