Waiting times for appointments

We are experiencing a significant backlog in appointments for some of our services following our response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please be assured that we are doing everything in our power to work through our lists to give you the help that you need. We are making good progress and have significantly reduced the number of patients classed as long waiters. 

You can take a look at the current waiting times for our services below:

 
Last updated: 1/12/21 Referral Waits
Current Terminology  Routine
Cardiology (heart conditions) 15 - 20 weeks 
Cardiology technicians (heart tests) 5 - 10 weeks 
Diabetic medicine 5 - 10 weeks 
Endocrinology (hormones) 10 - 15 weeks
Gastroenterology (digestive system) 10 - 15 weeks
Geriatric medicine (older persons) 45 - 50 weeks 
Hepatology (liver) 15 - 20 weeks 
Nephrology - Renal medicine (kidneys) 10 - 15 weeks
Neurology (brain/spinal cord) 20 - 25 weeks
Respiratory medicine (chest and lungs) 15 - 20 weeks
Rheumatology (immune disorders) 10 - 15 weeks
Sleep studies 5 - 10 weeks
Clinical immunology and allergy 15  -20 weeks
Chemical pathology (monitoring of bodily fluids) 20 - 25 weeks 
Auiological medicine (hearing and balance) 25 - 30 weeks
Audiology (hearing tests) 1 - 5 weeks
Breast surgery 10 - 15 weeks
Ear, nose and throat 15 - 20 weeks
General surgery (hernias/lumps and bumps) 5 - 10 weeks 
Gynaecological oncology 1 - 5 weeks
Maxillo-facial surgery (jaw/mouth/face surgery) 15 - 20 weeks 
Medical ophthalmology (treatment of eye disorders) 10 - 15 weeks
Ophthalmology (eye disorder treatment and surgery) 25 - 30 weeks 
Optometry 10 - 15 weeks
Orthodontics (straightening of teeth) 10 - 15 weeks
Orthoptics (diagnosis of defects in eye movement) 5 - 10 weeks 
Pain management 15 - 20 weeks 
Plastic surgery 5 - 10 weeks 
Trauma and orthopaedics 10 - 15 weeks
Urology (kidneys, ureters, bladders and prostate disorders) 5 - 10 weeks 
Gynaecology  10 - 15 weeks
Paediatrics (not covered in the list below) 10  -15 weeks
Paediatrics - cardiology (children's heart conditions) 15 - 20 weeks
Paediatrics - clinical immunology and allergy 25 - 30 weeks
Paediatrics - endocrinology (childrens' hormone conditions) 25 - 30 weeks
Paediatric - epilepsy  20 - 25 weeks
Paediatrics - gastroenterology (childrens' digestive systems) 20 - 25 weeks
Paediatrics - nephrology (childrens' kidney conditions) 10 - 15 weeks
Paediatrics - child development 10 - 15 weeks
Paediatrics - rheumatology (childrens' immune disorders) 15 - 20 weeks
Paediatrics - surgery (childrens' hernias, lumps and bumps) 25 - 30 weeks
Paediatrics - trauma and orthopaedics  1 - 5 weeks
Paediatrics - urology (childrens' disorders of kidneys, ureters and bladder) 5 - 10 weeks
Paediatrics - diabetic medicine 10 - 15 weeks

 

Unless there has been a change in your symptoms, please do not contact your GP for an update on waiting times, or to ask them to speed up the process.

If you have any concerns or questions please use the contact details on your hospital letter, or if you do not have a letter with these contact details, our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can answer your queries. However, please note that the team cannot access this information about appointment waiting times directly, limiting the speed of their response.

We are working as hard as we can to serve our community and will be in touch with you as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding.