PERFORMANCE: The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has introduced mobile surgeries to tackle spiralling waiting times.

The trust currently has around 1,200 patients waiting between 18 and 26 weeks. The facilities are being provided by Vanguard Healthcare.

In a statement chief executive Peter Colclough said: “We are clear that every patient should be treated within 18 weeks of referral and we are disappointed that our waiting times for surgery are not comparable with the best in the country.

“The trust has faced an extremely difficult few years to get us back on track but we are confident that in the next few months we can deliver the access to care our patients rightly expect. We have agreed a plan to ensure that by the end of July 90 per cent of our patients will be seen within 18 weeks. This will be achieved in a number of ways including the reopening of two of our theatres following a refit and hiring a mobile day case surgical suite to increase capacity. We will also extend evening lists and weekend working.

“The team is working hard to improve our waiting times by working more efficiently and ensuring that we see the maximum number of patients every day. It is also important to point out that we are meeting our targets for all cancer patients and those requiring urgent treatment.”