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Healthwatch invites views from people waiting for delayed hospital treatment

Hospitals across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are having to make tough decisions after delays and cancellations due to Covid-19. 
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Health care Champion for Peterborough, Healthwatch has invited feedback from people waiting for their delayed hospital treatments

It’s going to take time to restore local services – and deal with the backlog. 

And it means people in Peterborough are waiting longer for non-urgent treatments and procedures as well as tests and appointments. 

According to figures released by NHS England, as per February this year, 224,000 patients have waited over a year for hospital treatment. The number of people waiting more than 52 weeks to start hospital treatment in England is at its highest level since 2008, while there was a surge in people being admitted with Covid in January.  

Despite this, NHS England said more than six million planned treatments were carried out in 2020 despite the pandemic, and hospitals carried out more than two cancer procedures for every patient they treated for coronavirus. 

November 2020 figures from the North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which manages Peterborough City Hospital, Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Stamford and Rutland Hospitals showed there were 2,109 people who had waited more than a year for their treatment. This is a rise from October, when 1,933 people were waiting, and is almost 1,000 more than in July 2020. 

Previously, members of people waiting for their appointments have told Peterborough Matters, they appreciate the strain Covid has caused to the NHS, but feel that non-Covid patients ‘have been forgotten’ and would like more ‘clarity on when the appointments and surgeries will resume.’ 

If you are someone who is waiting or has had to wait for a non-urgent procedure, independent health and care champion Healthwatch Peterborough wants to hear how you are coping with the delays. 

Your feedback will go back to NHS decision-makers so that they understand what’s important to local people who are waiting. 

Healthwatch wants to hear: 

  • What the wait has been like for you, a loved one or someone you care for. 
  • Are you getting all the information you need to help you stay safe and well while you wait? 
  • Is a local group or voluntary organisation giving you support to manage the wait? 
  • Do you know what to do if you become unwell? 
  • What could make the wait easier for you? 

You can share your view here Or call Healthwatch on 0330 355 1285.