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Cancer Waiting Times January-March 2008

Table 3: Waiting-Times Statistics by Health Board of Diagnosis for Patients Diagnosed During January-March 2008 with Head and Neck Cancer

Area of diagnosisNumber of eligible urgent referrals#Number treated within 2 months (62 days) of referralProportion treated within 62 days of urgent referralMinimum wait (Days)Maximum wait (Days)Median wait* (Days)90th Percentile** (Days)
Scotland999494.9%51074459
NOSCAN1414100.0%13624161
Argyll & Clyde (Highland)--n/an/an/an/an/a
Grampian44100.0%415952n/a
Highland44100.0%276236n/a
Orkney--n/an/an/an/an/a
Shetland--n/an/an/an/an/a
Tayside66100.0%134521n/a
Western Isles--n/an/an/an/an/a
SCAN262596.2%221074661
Borders--n/an/an/an/an/a
Dumfries & Galloway33100.0%346154n/a
Fife99100.0%315944n/a
Lothian141392.9%221074884
WOSCAN595593.2%5704359
Argyll & Clyde (Greater Glasgow)66100.0%255442n/a
Ayrshire & Arran9777.8%366458n/a
Forth Valley11100.0%4343n/an/a
Lanarkshire1313100.0%5564356
Greater Glasgow302893.3%9703960

# Excludes patients; who died prior to receiving treatment, who refused treatment, with a patient induced non-clinical delay, who had co-morbidities, for clinical reasons and initially referred to an other non-cancer specialty.

* Medians have only been calculated where there are three or more patients with recorded referral and treatment dates.

** 90th percentiles have only been calculated where there are ten or more patients with recorded referral and treatment dates.

'-' Zero value

n/a: Not applicable due to small numbers.

Cancer waiting times statistics are subject to a programme of quality improvement focusing on consistency and coverage.

These improvements need to be taken in to account when making comparisons on quarter on quarter performance.