Based at Peterborough City Hospital, The Fast Track Prostate Service for cancer patients has reduced the wait for a first appointment for patients with suspected prostate cancer from 12 days to 8. The wait for an MRI scan was up to two weeks, but now patients have their scan on the same day as their first appointment. Now patients only attend one appointment to receive their diagnosis, previously they would have waited for another appointment with their consultant to get their diagnosis.
This incredible work has been recognised by Daniel Zeichner MP who nominated the team for the NHS Parliamentary Awards, in the category of The Excellence in Health Care Award. Launched in March this year, the NHS called on MPs to find and nominate those individuals or teams they thought have made the biggest improvements to health and care services in their constituencies, across ten categories.
Louise Mitchell, Chief Operating Officer at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are delighted The Fast Track Prostate Service has been shortlisted for the NHS Parliamentary Awards 2019. The changes the team implemented have made a significant difference to men with suspected prostate cancer. By reducing the time they have to wait for diagnosis and treatment, this vastly improves the experience that local men receive. Patient care and their experiences with the NHS is at the heart of what we do, and we’re pleased to see this service recognised. We would like to thank all of the members of the team at the CCG and North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust for their dedication in making this service happen.”
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge who put the nomination forward, said: "I was pleased to nominate the Fast Track Prostate Service for cancer patients. About 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Now this speeded up service cuts wait times and anxiety. This is a great way to recognise the hard-working doctors, nurses and support staff who make everything possible."
Ann Radmore, Regional Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the East of England, said: “I was impressed by the high standard of all entries from the East of England this year and choosing between the dozens of champions, who all go above and beyond, to go forward and represent our region has been incredibly difficult. I wish our champions the best of luck in the national heats and will be rooting for them on the day.”
The Fast Track Cancer Service will now go head-to-head with other winners from across the country for a national award, presented at a special ceremony in the House of Commons on the 10 July. The awards will be hosted by Dr Sarah Wollaston, Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee, with a special performance from the NHS Choir.