PERFORMANCE: Northern Staffordshire has a backlog of 527 patients on the 18 weeks waiting list, affecting those in NHS Stoke-on-Trent, NHS North Staffordshire and University Hospitals of North Staffordshire.

The challenged specialties are gynaecology and plastic surgery.

Some patients have been transferred to other providers but at University of North Staffordshire there are still around 150 patients who cannot transfer due to the complexity of the procedures or due to patient choice.

The trust transferred 104 patients to a hospital in Sheffield and 4 were taken off the list. A further 29 spinal injections were transferred to other providers at the end of the week ending 29 August 2011.

Gynaecology is still experiencing capacity issues and commissioners are sourcing alternative provision.