Crawley health services better than neighbours’ in key areas


Health services for Crawley patients outperformed Horsham & Mid-Sussex’s in key areas including cancer waiting times.

A NHS report showed Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group met more performance targets for NHS England Chief Executive’s top focus areas than its neighbour.

The Crawley Governing Body discussed the Integrated Performance & Quality Report in public at the Charis Centre, West Green, near Crawley Hospital, on Thursday (June 19).

One focus area was referrals to treatment, broken down by speciality.

The treatments included heart surgery and geriatric medicine.

The report’s figures showed Crawley CCG met NHS targets for all 22 specialities except neurosurgery.

The CCG recorded 89.92 per cent of its patients received neurosurgery within 18 weeks from referral over 2013/14.

Horsham & Mid-Sussex CCG (H&M CCG) failed to meet three targets - oral surgery (85.71 per cent), neurosurgery (88.85 per cent) and cardiothoracic - heart and chest - surgery (88.80 per cent).

Another focus area was cancer treatment and diagnoses waiting times following urgent GP referrals.

The report stated 94.59 per cent of Crawley people were seen within two weeks after an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer. H&M CCG’s figure was 92.26 per cent.

However, more Crawley patients waited longer than two months than their neighbours for their first definite treatment for cancer.

Over the year, 81.30 per cent received the treatment within two months.

H&M CCG’s figure was 86.36 per cent.

Both CCGs failed to meet the zero tolerance target for MRSA - Crawley had two cases and H&M five over the year.

Crawley CCG lost £77,763 in funding for not meeting the target. The report showed both CCGs met the target for accident and emergency waits. Crawley had 96.61 per cent of its patients admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours of arrival. H&M CCG had 97.21 per cent.