Patients, Visitors & The Public

Access Policy

Access Policy

The Trust is committed to delivering high quality and timely elective care to patients.

The policy:

  • Explains the rules and principles under which the trust manages elective access to outpatient appointments, diagnostics and elective inpatient or day case treatment.
  • Gives clear direction on the application of the NHS Constitution in relation to elective waiting times.
  • Demonstrates how elective access rules should be applied consistently, fairly and equitably.

The COCH Patient Access Policy was developed following consultation with staff, clinical leads, Integrated Care Board (ICB) and General Practitioners. It will be reviewed and ratified at least annually or earlier if there are changes to national elective access rules or locally agreed principles.

Date issued: March 2023

Review date: March 2024