Treatment waiting times at Nuneaton’s hospital have trebled with more than 6,000 patients now on the list.

Latest figures show the Referral to Treatment (RTT) list has trebled in a year – up from 2,043 to 6,625 patients now waiting for treatment.

The backlog increased by 407 in July bringing the overall backlog size to 6,625, in comparison to 2,043 in July 2019.

The coronavirus crisis has played a huge part in the backlog, but historically the Eliot has had a long treatment waiting list.

But plans are in place to try and tackle the backlog, starting this month with the opening of a new surgical theatre.

Stephen Collman director of operations at the Eliot,said: “Like hospitals across the country, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a big impact on the number of routine operations we have been able to perform.

“The well-being and care of our patients is always at the front of our minds and we are taking urgent action to tackle the backlog.

“As well as a new 30-bed ward and operating theatre on our site, we have moved to seven day a week operating in our gynaecological service and will be moving to seven days a week working in more areas in the coming months. 

“Following national guidance and strict infection control review, we are now able to open more operating theatres and we will continue to work with the independent sector to  treat as many people as we can.

“Clinicians regularly review our waiting list and we advise any patients whose conditions have changed or worsened to seek medical advice and get in touch.”

New £4m wards and theatre

The new surgery theatre and 30-bed ward is to open this month.

As we reported in our newsletter, the new £4m operating theatre and dedicated recovery wards will be named after NHS hero Sir Tom Moore.

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A vote saw staff overwhelmingly choose Captain Tom, who raised millions for NHS charities.

One of the wards will be named Mary Seacole, in honour of the  British Jamaican nurse, while the other will be known as the Florence Nightingale ward.

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