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. That means four hours from arrival to admission, transfer and discharge.

Month October 2020 November 2020 December 2020
Performance against target 75% 71% 71%

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 between 12,500 to 13,000 patients attend our emergency 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 should 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.

Trust performance against Referral to Treatment (RTT) target:

Month September 2020 October 2020 November 2020
RTT performance 62% 65% 64%

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.

Month October 2020 November 2020 December 2020
2 week wait 95.9% 97.4% 97.4%
31 days from decision to treat to first treatment 100% 92.3% 86.5%
62 days from urgent referral to start of treatment 70.4% 68.4% 64.3%

Outpatient and diagnostic waiting times

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

Please note: While we endeavour to provide accurate waiting times these are a forecast and are subject to change. Patients may experience a longer than usual wait at the moment due to some of the measures being put in place as part of the response to COVID-19, including social distancing and self-isolation.

Outpatient and diagnostic waiting times (180kb)
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New outpatient appointments as of 24/12/2020

Specialty Grimsby Scunthorpe Goole
Breast surgery  2
Cardiology 36 22 15
Clinical haematology N/A N/A N/A
Colorectal surgery 42 26
Community peadiatrics 5 6
Dermatology 5 5 3
Diabetic medicine 10 18 18
Endocrinology 14 45 41
ENT 23 45
Gastroenterology 45 8 N/A
General medicine 6 6
General surgery 14 28
Geriatric medicine 8 0 0
Gynaecology 8 4 2
Medical oncology 3
Neurology 14 14
Ophthalmology 17 39 10
Oral surgery 27 36 9
Orthopaedics – Upper 12 18 5
Orthopaedics – Lower 4 12 5
Orthoptics  0 8 0
Paediatric Epilepsy 11 4
Paediatrics  8 6 4
Respiratory med  36 12 20
Rheumatology  27 27 15
Upper gastrointestinal surgery 31 29
Urology 4 6 5

New diagnostic test appointments

Diagnostic test Grimsby Scunthorpe Goole
 Audiology – Assessments  2 1 1
 Cardiology – Echocardiogram 15 13 6
 Cardiology – Exercise Test  14 3  –
 Cardiology – BP Monitoring  2 4
 Cardiology – Event Recording  2 6
 Fluroscopy – Other 2 2
 Fluroscopy – Barium Enema 2 3
Radiology – Other 1 2 2
Nuclear Medicine – Bone  2  –  –
Nuclear Medicine – Myo Perfusion  5  –  –
CT 12 10  5
Nuclear Medicine – Other  2  –  –
Phys Meas – Bone Densitometry 3  –  –
Phys Meas – EEG 4  –  –
Phys Meas – Lung Function 2  6  –
Phys Meas – Nerve Conduction 2  –  –
Phys Meas – Urodynamics 2  –  –
Phys Meas – Other 5  –  –
MRI 10 20 3
Non-Obs U/S 17 20 6
Endoscopy – Colonoscopy 14 11
Endoscopy – Flexible Sigmoidoscopy 6 4
Endoscopy – Cystoscopy 6 6
Endoscopy – Gastroscopy 5 7
Colposcopy 8 3 Not currently running service due to COVID-19
Hysteroscopy 10 2 3