27 November 2020
Partnership working improves referral to scan times for prostate cancer patients

This ‘Movember’, InHealth are raising awareness of how important it is for men to receive prostate scans as quickly as they can after being referred by their clinician. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK, with more than 47,500 men diagnosed every year – recognising symptoms and making a GP appointment as quickly as possible is crucial in the road to treatment and recovery.

Across all of InHealth’s NHS acute hospital based MRI facilities, our average referral to scan time is just 5 days; meaning that patients are scanned within a week of being referred by their GP or Consultant. Some of our sites also offer walk-in appointments and others consistently deliver scans within 48 hours of referral.

In the UK, the average time for a patient to be scanned after referral is around 28 days, which highlights the fantastic work taking place between InHealth and our NHS partners to deliver services to patients across the country, which ultimately help men receive effective support and treatment quickly.

At Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, where InHealth are currently building a brand new MRI facility while using our mobile and relocatable units to maintain service provision, together with the Trust’s radiology department, we are routinely delivering the MRI scan and providing a report to the referring clinician within 5 days.

Our strong partnership is integral to this achievement and the collaborative approach is testament to the importance we collectively place on making sure patients are seen as quickly as possible.

Mr Shahid Khan, Consultant Urologist at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “This is amazing work and is a great measure of our combined success and only one example of why we have such positive feedback from our many patients! There have been fantastic improvements in our care pathway; driven by hard work, positive attitudes and innovative approaches. Producing such outstanding results, against a 28 day pathway, in the midst of a global pandemic, represents a real success”.

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event – more information here: www.Movember.com.