Over-60s waiting six months for operations

ONE in 10 people aged over 60 in Woking are having to wait almost six months for operations or tests under the NHS.

According to a recent survey, a fifth of the people in Woking who have experienced delays said that their overall health had deteriorated while waiting and a third said that it had affected their mental health.

The research, by not-for-profit healthcare provider Nuffield Health, also revealed there was a wider cost to waiting for patients and their families and friends.

The director of Nuffield Health’s hospital in Woking, Marian Imrie, said: “It’s disheartening to know that people can be missing out on major events and activities in their later years, because of waiting for medical tests and treatment.”

For the full story, see the 7 June edition

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