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 July 2019 August 2019 September 2019
Performance against target 78.5% 83% 85.5%

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 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 July 2019 August 2019 September 2019
RTT performance 78.3% 78% 79%

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 July 2019 August 2019 September 2019
2 week wait 97.7% 98% 98.4%
31 days from decision to treat to first treatment 96.5% 98.6% 96.2%
62 days from urgent referral to start of treatment 70.4% 70.3% 62.7%

Outpatient and diagnostic waiting times

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

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New outpatient appointments as of 18/11/2019

Specialty Grimsby Scunthorpe Goole
Breast surgery  2
Cardiology 16 16 5
Clinical haematology 15 16 13
Colorectal surgery 2 19 4
Community peadiatrics 5 6
Dermatology 12 13 8
Diabetic medicine 10 23 7
Endocrinology 19 21 20
ENT 26 20
Gastroenterology 38 30 25
General medicine 6 6
General surgery 4 5 2
Geriatric medicine 8 2 2
Gynaecology 6 8 5
Medical oncology 6 4
Neurology 22 22
Ophthalmology 7 36 9
Oral surgery 9 14 6
Orthopaedics 4 6 5
Orthoptics  8 8 0
Paediatrics  5 8 4
Respiratory med  38 22 27
Rheumatology  20 29 26
Upper gastrointestinal surgery 4 7
Urology 7 4 3

New diagnostic test appointments

Diagnostic test Grimsby Scunthorpe Goole
 Audiology – Assessments  6 6 6
 Cardiology – Echocardiogram 6 6 6
 Cardiology – Exercise Test  4 4  –
 Cardiology – BP Monitoring  4 3
 Cardiology – Event Recording  4
 Fluroscopy – Other 4 4
 Fluroscopy – Barium Enema 4 4
Radiology – Other 4 4 4
Nuclear Medicine – Bone  2  –  –
Nuclear Medicine – Myo Perfusion  4  –  –
CT 14 9 5
Nuclear Medicine – Other  5  –  –
Phys Meas – Bone Densitometry 8  –  –
Phys Meas – EEG 5  –  –
Phys Meas – Lung Function 11  –  –
Phys Meas – Nerve Conduction 5  –  –
Phys Meas – Urodynamics 8  –  –
Phys Meas – Other 9  –  –
MRI 15 11 10
Non-Obs U/S 9 10 5
Endoscopy – Colonoscopy 6 6
Endoscopy – Flexible Sigmoidoscopy 3 3
Endoscopy – Cystoscopy 6 6 2
Endoscopy – Gastroscopy 5 5
Colposcopy 5 2 2
Hysteroscopy 6 1 1