Specialists called in to cut dermatology waiting list

Specialists called in to cut dermatology waiting list

Specialists called in to cut dermatology waiting list

First published in News

CONSULTANTS are working their way through long waiting lists for dermatology patients at Essex County Hospital.

Bosses at the Turner Road hospital have called in Medinet, which specialises in cutting NHS waiting lists.

The company sends its own consultants to treat patients who would otherwise remain unseen at local trusts.

At the moment, there are 2,356 dermatology patients waiting to be seen.

There is an average waiting time of eight weeks before patients are first seen after being referred by their GP.

Between January and June, the department received 625 referrals from GPs.

It is hoped the list will be substantially cut by October.

At the moment, there is only one specialist consultant in the Colchester department.

A second consultant, who has been on sabbatical in the USA, is set to return to the trust in October.

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2:52pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Ontheball says...

Well is it the General Hospital which is based in Turner Road, or Essex County which is in LEXDEN ROAD. Poor reporting and editing.
Well is it the General Hospital which is based in Turner Road, or Essex County which is in LEXDEN ROAD. Poor reporting and editing. Ontheball
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4:26pm Tue 12 Aug 14

karen martham says...

Ontheball wrote:
Well is it the General Hospital which is based in Turner Road, or Essex County which is in LEXDEN ROAD. Poor reporting and editing.
the bosses are based at Turner road and Dermatology I based at Essex County - nothing wrong with the reporting!!!
[quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: Well is it the General Hospital which is based in Turner Road, or Essex County which is in LEXDEN ROAD. Poor reporting and editing.[/p][/quote]the bosses are based at Turner road and Dermatology I based at Essex County - nothing wrong with the reporting!!! karen martham
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4:27pm Tue 12 Aug 14

karen martham says...

Ontheball wrote:
Well is it the General Hospital which is based in Turner Road, or Essex County which is in LEXDEN ROAD. Poor reporting and editing.
dermatology is at Essex county & the bosses are at turner road, exactly as it says in the report!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: Well is it the General Hospital which is based in Turner Road, or Essex County which is in LEXDEN ROAD. Poor reporting and editing.[/p][/quote]dermatology is at Essex county & the bosses are at turner road, exactly as it says in the report!!!! karen martham
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11:38am Wed 13 Aug 14

Boris says...

When my GP diagnosed me with probable melanoma, seven years ago, Dermatology saw me within days, and cut out the melanoma immediately. I then had five years of follow-up appointments. No praise could be too high for the Dermatology team at Essex County during that period. They had three dermatology consultants then. So how, with Colchester’s ever-growing population, could the hospital management expect to cope with only one consultant? Were they trying to save money? They now realise they can’t, and they are bringing in these agency doctors who will be paid slightly more, and will be charged out at perhaps double the cost of staff doctors.
When my GP diagnosed me with probable melanoma, seven years ago, Dermatology saw me within days, and cut out the melanoma immediately. I then had five years of follow-up appointments. No praise could be too high for the Dermatology team at Essex County during that period. They had three dermatology consultants then. So how, with Colchester’s ever-growing population, could the hospital management expect to cope with only one consultant? Were they trying to save money? They now realise they can’t, and they are bringing in these agency doctors who will be paid slightly more, and will be charged out at perhaps double the cost of staff doctors. Boris
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