PERFORMANCE: More than 1,000 patients have been waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust.

The median position suggests that the trust’s performance for 18 weeks for both admitted and non-admitted patients is well within the 18-week referral to treatment time target.

However, there is still a large backlog of patients waiting in excess of 18 weeks which is inconsistent with being able to sustain continued achievement of 18-week standards.

There are indications that waiting times may be beginning to rise again.

Strategic health authority intelligence suggests there are in excess of 1,000 patients awaiting treatment between 18 and 52 weeks. This is being actively addressed through the monthly performance meeting with SaTH.