Delay in diagnosis of Bowel Cancer at Blackpool Victoria Hospital
During August 2021 the Blackpool Gazette reported that ‘only one in seven people urgently referred to Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Trust with suspected bowel cancer received a diagnosis or an all clear within four weeks’.
A new NHS target is being introduced to get 75% of all suspected cancer patients a diagnosis within four weeks. However, NHS England Figures show only 14% of patients with suspected cancer at Blackpool Teaching Hospital received their test results within 28 days of an urgent GP referral. This is due to a delay in testing patients.
The Bowel Cancer UK charity said there are staffing shortages and more funding is needed to carry out endoscopies, these procedures are needed to diagnose bowel cancer and if diagnosed early enough it can be treatable and curable.
The wait for an endoscopy is increasing due to the pandemic backlog and waiting longer for a test can decrease the patients’ chances of complete remission or survival.
If you believe you have suffered as a result of a delay in diagnosis of bowel cancer at Blackpool Victoria Hospital or any other hospital and would like to discuss whether there are any grounds for a potential medical negligence claim with one of our medical negligence specialists, please contact us on 0151 645 0055.