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Comment on 70 week wait for knee surgery in Bridgend

16 Jun 2015

Commenting on reports that patients at the Princess of Wales hospital are waiting over seventy weeks for knee replacement surgery, Mr Tim Havard, RCS Director of Professional Affairs for Wales, said:


‘The Princess of Wales hospital has faced severe pressures this Winter as have other hospitals in Wales. However, it is clearly unacceptable for patients to wait over seventy weeks for a knee operation and this is of deep concern to the Royal College of Surgeons. Delaying treatment can impact on the outcomes of surgery, with evidence that patients are less mobile and suffer more pain if operations are delayed. We urge the hospital and the University Health Board to take urgent action to reduce the waiting times as soon as possible.’


Notes to editors

1. The Welsh Liberal Democrats have revealed correspondence showing that patients waiting for knee surgery at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend can expect to wait over 70 weeks until surgery.


2. The Royal College of Surgeons of England is committed to enabling surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care. Registered charity number: 212808.

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