(MISSISSAUGA) —The Carlo Fidani Peel Regional Cancer Centre (PRCC) at The Credit Valley Hospital (CVH) has achieved the shortest wait times for patients awaiting radiation treatment in the months of April and May 2011, as indicated by wait time statistics released today by Cancer Care Ontario. The PRCC, which has held the number two spot for the last six months, achieved a rating of 99.1 per cent, significantly ahead of the provincial average of 79.8 per cent.
Entitled Ready to Treat to Treatment, these statistics measure the time from when a specialist is confident the patient is ready to begin treatment to the time the patient receives the treatment within a targeted time period, in this case 14 days. At the PRCC, 99.1 per cent of patients began treatment within 14 days of being identified as ready to begin treatment. The next closest centres on the list were the Sudbury Regional Hospital’s Cancer Program, and the Regional Cancer Care Northwest, each with a rate of 93.8 per cent. The results for June and July will be released later in August.
“PRCC has been working hard to improve the wait times for radiation treatment for our patients,” said Leslie Starr-Hemburrow, Patient Care Program Director, Cancer & Renal Programs, CVH. “Our move into the top position reflects both our increased capacity due to the addition of a sixth linear accelerator (machine used in radiation treatment) and our attention to patient-centred care, with an increased focus on data quality, scheduling efficiency, and coordination ensuring timely access to the important radiation services our patients require.”
“Our position in the top spot on this list is significant, because a large number of patients from this community still travel to the cancer centres in Toronto to receive treatment,” said Dr. Sheldon Fine, Chief of Oncology, CVH, and Regional Vice President of Cancer Care Ontario. “These results demonstrate that patients in this community can consistently receive prompt access to high quality care right here at home.”
To view the Radiation Therapy Wait Times by Regional Cancer Centre, please visit www.cancercare.on.ca.
Cancer Care Ontario is the provincial agency responsible for continually improving cancer services. As the government’s cancer advisor, Cancer Care Ontario works to reduce the number of people diagnosed with cancer, and make sure patients receive better care every step of the way.The Credit Valley Hospital provides community-based patient and family-centred care to approximately one million people in Mississauga and the surrounding region. Our community hospital also has a teaching affiliation with The Academy of Medicine at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The Credit Valley Hospital has consistently achieved the highest awards from Accreditation Canada meeting national safety and patient care standards. The Credit Valley Hospital values excellence, leadership, diversity and partnership so that Together We Create Better Health Care.
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