The Elective Access Policy supports us to work with patients to be fully involved in their care, meet national standard waiting times, which are:
- 18 weeks from referral to treatment for non-urgent patients
- two weeks’ maximum for patients with suspected cancer
- maximum six weeks’ wait for diagnostic testing.
The updated policy supports all our staff, including those in administrative roles, to uphold the policy, which may at times mean taking difficult (rather than unpleasant) decisions about discharging patients who have failed to attend or repeatedly cancelled appointments.
You can download a copy of our Elective Access Policy as part of our Publication Scheme – making information about ESNEFT services and organisation available to the public.Back to top