Almost 12,000 people are waiting for treatment at Nuneaton’s hospital.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the Referral to Treatment (RTT) list at the George Eliot Hospital.
The latest available data is for February and shows that there are 11,991 patients on the Patient Tracking List (PTL).
This is an increase of 618 patients in a month, but, 386 more patients were treated in February compared to January.
The Eliot has said that the ‘low performance’ on cutting the waiting list continues to be driven by reduced surgical activity due to pausing a large amount of elective work as a result of Covid pressures at the ‘Eliot.
“This has had an impact on patients waiting over 52 weeks currently at 1,268, unvalidated position, anticipated to be at around 900 once validated,” said an Eliot board report.
The data given to the board came before elective work re-started in March with priority 1 and 2 patients treated first.
It is understood that the ‘Eliot will increase elective activity throughout the next three months.
Key to this will be the Sir Captain Tom Moore unit, which has surgical theatres and dedicated beds.
Later this year, two new theatres at the hospital are set to help tackle its surgical waiting list backlog.
As we reported, work started on creating the new theatres last week with the arrival of a giant crane on site.