Patients with suspected skin cancer waiting more than two weeks to see specialists

Patients with suspected skin cancer waiting more than two weeks to see specialists

Patients with suspected skin cancer waiting more than two weeks to see specialists

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NEARLY 80 people with suspected skin cancer are on a waiting list of over the two weeks to see a specialist at York Hospital.

There are 77 people on a list taking longer than the recommended two-week waiting time at the hospital, which has seen a 40 per cent increase in referrals following a skin cancer awareness campaign.

One woman who had previously suffered skin cancer was told she would have to wait weeks to see a specialist about another suspected case until her GP challenged the delay, a relative told The Press.

A spokesperson for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “The combination of a very successful awareness campaign for skin cancer earlier this year and the fact that people are more likely to notice any changes on exposed skin in summer has meant that more people are visiting their GP to have their concerns checked out.

“As a result the Trust has experienced a significant increase in referrals over the last three months which has resulted in a waiting list. We have just appointed a new consultant and speciality doctors and are continuing to recruit staff for the dermatology department.”

A York Hospital spokeswoman said it is now receiving 15 referrals a day.

She said there has been a 40 per cent rise in York and nationally for referrals for this service and nationally there are 230 dermatology vacancies.

Nina Goad, head of communications at the British Association of Dermatologists, agreed the problem had been identified nationally.

She said: "Skin cancer cases have been on the rise since the 1970s, with incidence rates increasing faster than any of the other 10 most common cancers.

"The increased demand for dermatology is not being matched by the number of trainees entering the specialty, with around 180 unfilled Consultant Dermatologist positions, out of a total of 830 positions.

That means one in five funded consultant posts are empty. And there is a north / south divide, with the situation worse in the north."

Nicki Embleton, a spokeswoman for Cancer Research UK, said; "Incidents of skin cancer are increasing and Cancer Research UK encourage people to visit their doctor if they notice any changes or concerns. If people want more information about the signs and symptoms of skin cancer but also advice on how to enjoy the sun safely, visit www.sunsmart.org uk".

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11:48am Mon 25 Aug 14

greyoldman says...

I have this month been operated on at Leeds General Infirmary for a melanoma on my face. I first went to my doctor (Yorvik Medical Centre) on May 20 and was seen by a specialist two weeks later at York District Hospital .The offending area was removed that day and sent for analysis and eventually I was sent to Leeds, firstly to St James Hospital and then to Leeds General infirmary for an operation. I was seen regularly during this period and only one period was longer than two weeks at my request as I was away. The care and attention I received at York DH, St James Hospital Leeds, Leeds GI was excellent AND TIMELY throughout. I have no complants at all.
I have this month been operated on at Leeds General Infirmary for a melanoma on my face. I first went to my doctor (Yorvik Medical Centre) on May 20 and was seen by a specialist two weeks later at York District Hospital .The offending area was removed that day and sent for analysis and eventually I was sent to Leeds, firstly to St James Hospital and then to Leeds General infirmary for an operation. I was seen regularly during this period and only one period was longer than two weeks at my request as I was away. The care and attention I received at York DH, St James Hospital Leeds, Leeds GI was excellent AND TIMELY throughout. I have no complants at all. greyoldman
  • Score: 24

11:52am Mon 25 Aug 14

CHISSY1 says...

Neither have i,treatment fantastic.
Neither have i,treatment fantastic. CHISSY1
  • Score: -13

1:41pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Night Moves says...

Same here, although 2 years on from my operation, check ups are regular and everything is handled extremely well.
Same here, although 2 years on from my operation, check ups are regular and everything is handled extremely well. Night Moves
  • Score: 8

3:48pm Mon 25 Aug 14

CHISSY1 says...

I would be grateful if the Press would explain how the comment scores work.
I would be grateful if the Press would explain how the comment scores work. CHISSY1
  • Score: 2

5:05pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Digeorge says...

Remember patients have a choice which hospital to go to including anywhere in the country and simply ask to be transferred elsewhere if the service is overwhelmed.

Could it be that young doctors find dermatology 'boring'! I think my nieces and nephews could say that training to be doctors.

CHISSY1 the comment scores are a little bizarre, they are sometimes a law unto themselves.

I have my own problems with YDH that have gone on far too long (sigh) and could write a book about my treatment between Leeds and York, it's quite comical at times but distressing.

Has anybody else been discharged and also had their appointments diminished after an operation that led to complications having to be readmitted via A&E. I should still be on three monthly review appointments for endocrine issues and am not which caused complications and would have liked to discuss my abnormal results with the consultant without having to wait six months adding to the stress.
Remember patients have a choice which hospital to go to including anywhere in the country and simply ask to be transferred elsewhere if the service is overwhelmed. Could it be that young doctors find dermatology 'boring'! I think my nieces and nephews could say that training to be doctors. CHISSY1 the comment scores are a little bizarre, they are sometimes a law unto themselves. I have my own problems with YDH that have gone on far too long (sigh) and could write a book about my treatment between Leeds and York, it's quite comical at times but distressing. Has anybody else been discharged and also had their appointments diminished after an operation that led to complications having to be readmitted via A&E. I should still be on three monthly review appointments for endocrine issues and am not which caused complications and would have liked to discuss my abnormal results with the consultant without having to wait six months adding to the stress. Digeorge
  • Score: 0

9:41pm Tue 26 Aug 14

NoMorePlease says...

Personal attestation is a powerful way to complement the system
Personal attestation is a powerful way to complement the system NoMorePlease
  • Score: 0
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