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Plan to deal with backlog of cardiology patients in Cornwall
8:00am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
RCHT says it is taking action to improve access to cardiology follow-up appointments and planned cardiac investigation.
The action comes as an unnamed consultant cardiologist in Cornwall has had their work restricted following concerns, with an investigation launched.
Andy Virr, divisional director for medicine said: “Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust is acting to treat a number of cardiology patients overdue for outpatient follow-up appointments or waiting for a planned cardiac investigation.
“The backlog of patients is due to high demand and limited capacity at the Trust. We have already put on additional clinics, recruited locum doctors and will shortly go to advert for two permanent consultant cardiologists.
"We have also undertaken a review to assess any risk to patients waiting longer than we would like and patients are being seen based on both their need and length of wait.
“We currently have 275 patients waiting to be booked for a cardiology outpatient follow-up appointment and 82 patients waiting to be booked for a planned cardiac investigation. All of these patients will be seen by the end of November. Patients need not contact the Trust directly as we will write to them individually and contact their GP."
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