A&E waiting times
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.
Is A&E the right place to go? Visit our unwell and unsure where to go page.
18 week waiting times
If 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 January 2018 for new outpatient and new diagnostic appointment waiting times by hospital.
New outpatient appointments as of 16/01/2018
|Upper gastrointestinal surgery||7||8||–|
New diagnostic test appointments
|Audiology – Assessments||6||6||6|
|Cardiology – Echocardiogram||12||6||5|
|Cardiology – ECG||5||5||n/a|
|Cardiology – Exercise Test||4||5||n/a|
|Cardiology – BP Monitoring||5||6||3|
|Cardiology – Event Recording||6||6||4|
|Cardiology – Other Activity||8||8||n/a|
|Fluroscopy – Other||2||4||n/a|
|Fluroscopy – Barium Enema||2||6||n/a|
|Radiology – Other||6||5||n/a|
|Nuclear Medicine – Bone||4||n/a||n/a|
|Nuclear Medicine – Myo Perfusion||6||n/a||n/a|
|Nuclear Medicine – Other||5||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|
|Endoscopy – Colonoscopy||5||35||N/A|
|Endoscopy – Flexible Sigmoidoscopy||4||18||–|
|Endoscopy – Cystoscopy||4||10||6|
|Endoscopy – Gastroscopy||5||19||N/A|