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Plan established to reduce waiting list for suspected breast cancer referrals

Wed, 21 Jul 2021

A number of the patients waiting for an urgent consultation for suspected breast cancer are being given the choice by Manx Care of having their appointment and any initial treatment at a specialist hospital off-Island in order to reduce their waiting time to be seen.

The current waiting list for urgent referrals for suspected breast cancer on the Island exceeds the two-week wait standard. Securing the services of Spire Murrayfield Hospital on the Wirral will allow patients to receive faster access to treatment and reduce the overall waiting list, whilst an agreed solution is put in place to increase capacity for breast services at Noble's Hospital.

Appointments for breast ‘one stop’ triple assessment at the Spire Murrayfield Hospital will begin next week. A number of people on the waiting list have been contacted by Manx Care this week and asked if they would like to transfer their appointment off-Island, which will result in them being seen quicker. Patients who are waiting for a confirmed appointment slot will also be contacted and offered the choice of having an appointment with Spire Murrayfield.

All patients referred to the Spire Murrayfield Hospital will see their full care pathway managed by Manx Care, with multi-disciplinary teams on the Wirral working closely together with the on-Island team. Their first appointment will mirror the ‘one stop’ triple assessment approach delivered on the Island. Any surgery and initial follow-up appointments will be performed at the Spire Murrayfield Hospital; any planned Medical Oncology (Chemotherapy treatment) will be delivered on the Isle of Man, whilst Clinical Oncology (Radiotherapy treatment) will continue to be delivered at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre on the Wirral. Any additional care and local support will be provided by the Breast Care Team at Noble’s.  

This approach will help Manx Care ensure that all new referrals for suspected breast cancer will be seen within the 14-day standard by the end of September.


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