referral to treatment target

referral to treatment target

A term for a standard for delivery of care in the NHS that no patient should wait longer than 18 weeks from referral to the start of his or her first definitive treatment (for non-malignant conditions). The goal is that the target should be achieved for 90% of admitted patients and 95% of non-admitted patients.
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Her patience finally snapped at the end of February and she complained to the health board's concerns team after waiting for 26 weeks, the Welsh Government's referral to treatment target time.
A second consequence of the pressure in our hospital has been that we have had to cancel some routine surgical operations in Quarter 4, resulting in a failure to deliver our Referral to Treatment Target (RTT).
Central scrutiny of the 18-week referral to treatment target will also be ended.
Richard Kennedy, medical director for UHCW NHS Trust, said: "The 18-week referral to treatment target is very challenging and brings with it the biggest improvement in healthcare the NHS has seen.