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Hospital personnel holidays delay cancer scans. An elderly woman with suspected cancer has had to wait for a CT scan at Stavanger University Hospital because of staff summer holidays. The seriously ill 77-year-old was admitted to Stavanger University Hospital’s (SUS) cancer ward three weeks ago. Her relatives say the wait is causing her unnecessary pain and worry, Aftenbladet reports. This delay is in stark contrast to what Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg promised cancer patients in his proposal on 24 June, however.

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Hospital personnel holidays delay cancer scans

Published on Tuesday, 12th July, 2011 at 14:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

An elderly woman with suspected cancer has had to wait for a CT scan at Stavanger University Hospital because of staff summer holidays.

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CT Scanner
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The seriously ill 77-year-old was admitted to Stavanger University Hospital’s (SUS) cancer ward three weeks ago. Her relatives say the wait is causing her unnecessary pain and worry, Aftenbladet reports.

This delay is in stark contrast to what Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg promised cancer patients in his proposal on 24 June, however.

“Patients with cancer shall not have to wait unnecessarily long for evaluation and treatment, so risking that the disease develops in the meantime. We now require that no more than 20 working days elapse between the hospital receiving a referral, performing the necessary evaluation, and commencing the first treatment,” he said in a press release.

The government defines treatment as an operation, chemotherapy, and/or radiation therapy, documenting any variation from the deadline in the patient’s medical journal.

Chief physician and union leader at SUS’ cancer unit, Kjell Sverre Galdal, says, “personally-speaking, I don’t think the Prime Minister knows what he is talking about. He should familiarised himself with how hospitals work hospital to a greater degree.

“We cannot guarantee patients have received treatment after 20 days. This is mainly because issuing a correct diagnosis is extremely time-consuming. CT scans at the hospital are a bottleneck. In life-threatening situations, we can perform these types of examinations in a day, but quite often, we have to accept our cancer patients end up in the queue with our other admissions. The situation is the same for biopsies,” he states, confirming summer holidays close one of two cancer wards for four weeks each year.

The hospital also has some cancer patients residing at the connecting St Svithun patient hotel, and others are waiting for test results, according to Dr Galdal.

Meanwhile, the 77-year-old woman from Stavanger is still waiting for her CT scan.

“She is too ill to be identified. As relatives, we also know a delay to starting treatment can have catastrophic consequences,” says her son-in-law



Published on Tuesday, 12th July, 2011 at 14:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: stavangeruniversityhospital, ctscandelays, cancerpatients, jensstoltenberg.





  
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