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eighteen weeks referral to treatment

An NHS access target programme implemented in 2009, which allows itself 18 weeks to refer, diagnose and begin treating a patient from his/her presentation.
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At its recent AGM the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust Board were told that the demand for emergency services increased 'significantly' over the winter months and it impacted on the trust's performance in key operational targets, including the A&E four hour target as well as the 18 weeks referral to treatment waiting times.
For example: Patients said they generally had a satisfactory experience of their heath care services The three cancer targets were met, including all cancer patients seen within two weeks of an urgent referral and receiving treatment within one month of diagnosis Achieved targets for 18 weeks referral to treatment Achieved targets for breast cancer screening Achieved targets for chlamydia screening Achieved targets for stroke care All three trusts in North of Tyne didn't reach targets for teenage conceptions rates, failed or underachieved quit smoking targets, and under-achieved access to primary care dental services.
The figures are included in the third NHS quarterly performance report, which outlines progress towards targets such as tackling bugs like MRSA and 18 weeks referral to treatment.