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Echocardiograms: Portsmouth

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been waiting for echocardiograms to be carried out by the Portsmouth NHS Trust for (a) three, (b) six, (c) nine and (d) longer than nine months; and if she will make a statement. (116423)

The information requested is provided in the table as follows.

Diagnostic provider waiting statistics for Portsmouth hospitals national health service trust month ending 30 November 2006, length of time patients still waiting

Diagnostic test

Cardiology-echocardiography

0-<13 weeks

453

13-<26 weeks

283

26-<39 weeks

173

39-<52 weeks

22

52+ weeks

2

Total waiting

933

Source:

Monthly diagnostics collection

The trust has an action plan in place to secure additional capacity and reduce waiting times.

By the end of 2008, no patient will wait more than 18 weeks from general practitioner referral to the start of treatment, including diagnostic tests.