Waiting times

A&E waiting times

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All acute NHS Trusts have a target to see 95 per cent of all patients in A&E within four hours.

Although the Trust performance against the four-hour waits has slipped below the national target our A&E departments in Grimsby and Scunthorpe are doing their best to ensure patients are seen and treated in a timely manner.

Staff have been working hard under the pressure of increased demand which has seen many more people who are very poorly come to A&E needing to be admitting to hospital. This creates longer waits for patients in the department as we wait for beds to become available elsewhere in the hospital.

Did you know? Every month around 12,400 patients attend our A&E and minor injury departments.

Is A&E the right place to go? Visit our unwell and unsure where to go page.

18 week waiting times

find-your-gpIf a GP, dentist, optician or other clinician refers you to a consultant for treatment you can expect to start receiving treatment within 18 weeks from when your appointment is booked. That is unless A)you choose to wait longer, B) if delaying treatment is in your best interest (clinically), C) if it is clinically appropriate to monitor your condition without intervention at that stage, D) if you fail to attend appointments or E) your treatment is no longer necessary.

When you see a clinician at your chosen hospital or clinic you may:

  • undergo tests, scans or other procedures to help ensure that your treatment is tailored appropriately to your condition
  • have medication or therapy to manage your symptoms until you start treatment
  • be referred to another consultant or department.

Your waiting time ends if no treatment is necessary or when your treatment begins. This could include:

    • being admitted to hospital for an operation or treatment
    • starting treatment, such as taking medication, that doesn’t require you to stay in hospital
    • beginning your fitting of a medical device, such as leg braces
    • agreeing to your condition being monitored for a time to see whether you need further treatment
    • receiving advice from hospital staff to manage your condition.

Cancer waiting times

Patients with urgent conditions such as cancer and heart disease will be able to see a specialist more quickly. For example, you have the right to be seen by a specialist within a maximum of two weeks from GP referral for urgent referrals where cancer is suspected.

Outpatient and diagnostic waiting times

Below are the current waiting times for October 2017 for new outpatient and new diagnostic appointment waiting times by hospital.

Waiting Times as of October 17 (201kb)
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New outpatient appointments as of 17/10/2017

Specialty Grimsby Scunthorpe Goole
Breast surgery  2 n/a n/a
Cardiology 11 22 18
Clinical immunology 13 8 0
Clinical haematology 14 11 13
Colorectal surgery 5 37 14
Community pediatrics 6 11
Dermatology 3 2 6
Diabetic medicine 11 16 27
Endocrinology  13 25 17
ENT 34 14 23
Gastroenterology  25 9 13
General medicine 10 5 n/a
General surgery 4 6 8
Geriatric medicine 5 5 4
Gynaecology 5 6 6
Medical oncology 2 1  n/a
Neurology  30 38  n/a
Ophthalmology  34 38  26
Oral surgery  16 19 9
Orthodontics
Orthopaedics 5 17 6
Orthoptics  11 6 6
Paediatrics  8 8 6
Pain management  5 7 17
Respiratory med  44 24 12
Rheumatology  19 29 15
Upper gastrointestinal surgery  6 7 5
Urology 3 3 3

New diagnostic test appointments

Diagnostic test Grimsby Scunthorpe Goole
 Audiology – Assessments  6 6 6
 Cardiology – Echocardiogram  14 11 5
 Cardiology – ECG  7 4 n/a
 Cardiology – Exercise Test  4 5  n/a
 Cardiology – BP Monitoring  5 5 2
 Cardiology – Event Recording  6 6 4
 Cardiology – Other Activity  9 10 n/a
 Fluroscopy – Other  4 2 n/a
 Fluroscopy – Barium Enema  6 6  n/a
Radiology – Other  6 2  n/a
Nuclear Medicine – Bone  6  n/a  n/a
Nuclear Medicine – Myo Perfusion  6  n/a  n/a
CT 7 7 7
Nuclear Medicine – Other  6  n/a  n/a
Phys Meas – Bone Densitometry 6  n/a  n/a
Phys Meas – EEG 6  n/a  n/a
Phys Meas – Lung Function 6  n/a  n/a
Phys Meas – Nerve Conduction 6  n/a  n/a
Phys Meas – Urodynamics 6  n/a  n/a
Phys Meas – Other 6  n/a  n/a
MRI 6 6 6
Non-Obs U/S  3 2 6
Endoscopy – Colonoscopy 8 13 N/A
Endoscopy – Flexible Sigmoidoscopy 6 13 6
Endoscopy – Cystoscopy 5 13 6
Endoscopy – Gastroscopy  8 13 N/A
Colposcopy  4 3 3
Hysteroscopy  3 4 3