Waiting times for first outpatient appointments in England

detailed statistics : quarter ended 30 September 1997
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Department of Health NHS executive , Leeds
Statementprepared by the Government Statistical service.
ContributionsGreat Britain. Department of Health. NHS Executive.
The Physical Object
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Open LibraryOL18214067M
ISBN 101858395801

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Waiting times may vary between hospitals, and you should consider this when choosing a hospital. When you're referred for your first outpatient appointment, the NHS e-Referral Service lets you book the appointment at a hospital or clinic of your choice, on a date and at a time that suits you.

To compare waiting times for hospitals, use the Find hospitals page. All patients are placed on a waiting list for Outpatient Clinic appointments according to their clinical need as indicated by their Category.

Some clinics have short waiting times and others have a longer waiting time which is a reflection of many factors including service demand, clinical resources and clinical indications amongst others. 6 Summary NHS waiting times for elective care in England The scope of this report 7 Many factors affect the ability of trusts to meet the waiting time standards, including trusts’ capacity and efficiency, and the numbers and types of patients being referred to them.

The NHS received an additional £1 billion in and £ billionFile Size: KB. Outpatients and day patients If you have been referred to hospital but do not need to stay overnight, it means you're being treated as an outpatient or a day case.

You have the right to choose which hospital to go to for your outpatient appointment and which consultant-led team will be in charge of your treatment. But there is a real challenge: since total outpatient appointments have nearly doubled, from million to million.

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This means patients are waiting longer for hospital appointments when they could be seen in the community by a clinician, such as a clinical nurse specialist or physiotherapist.

The main focus is on Referral to Treatment times. This is the total time from referral by a GP or other medical practitioner for hospital treatment in the NHS in Wales and includes time spent waiting for outpatient appointments, diagnostic tests, therapy services and inpatient or day-case admissions.

The key objectives are to ensure that. The National Audit Office has estimated that m patients failed to turn up for first outpatient appointments incosting the taxpayer up to £m. But many patients and doctors found. promised local charter standards for waiting times for first outpatient appointments and maximumclinic waiting times of 30 minutes.7 The workshop participants rightly urge caution in setting national standards for outpatient waiting times, in favour of targets which could "allow differential ratesofprogress."Cited by:   26 March All first outpatients' referrals will have to be made electronically from later this year in a move that is set to save the NHS at least £50 million Patients will be able to choose an appointment at a time and date that suits them, which is expected to halve the rate of patients missing appointments from 10 per cent to five per cent, when GPs refer.

As this is a first step quality improvement project, efforts to track, examine and further improve turn-around times are on-going. Future initiatives are directed at time-efficient appointment scheduling between care providers for same day appointments, a reactive SMS system for reminders and reappointments and optimization of processes and Cited by: 7.

The NHS Constitution gives patients the right to access services within maximum waiting times, or for the NHS to take all reasonable steps to offer you a range of suitable alternative providers if this is not possible. This right is a legal entitlement protected by law, and applies to the NHS in England.

The maximum waiting times are described in the Handbook to the NHS Constitution. Waiting times for first hospital outpatient appointments have risen, according to official figures.

Department of Health statistics show that the number of people waiting more than 13 weeks for a first outpatient appointment in England following a written GP referral rose by 31, toin the final quarter of For example, targets put an emphasis on treatment times, outpatient appointments and surgical waiting lists, overlooking diagnostics procedures such as MRI scans.

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[16] Similarly, there were many who felt that the NHS Plan was opening the door to the commercialisation and eventual privatisation of the NHS, which was a cause for concern. The NHS England guidance on waiting times allows trusts some flexibility in how they manage patients’ waiting time so that they can reflect local circumstances.

But there are unintended consequences, such as variations between trusts in the number of cancellations by patients they allow before patients are referred back to their GP and the.

Maximum waiting times for inpatient and day case admission and first outpatient appointments were established following the adoption of the Patient's Charter. Waiting time standards which guarantee specified time limits were introduced in the December publication of.

Waiting times were also calculated as the proportion of participants seen within each of 4 time periods: (1) within 14 days, (2) 15 to 28 days, (3) 29 to 42 days, and (4) > 42 days after GP referral.

Waiting times were further analyzed in relation to patient age. Data were analyzed using R (R Foundation, Vienna, Austria).Cited by: 2.

NHS waiting times for elective care in England: Is the estimated maximum cost to the NHS of patients failing to attend first outpatient appointments in £51 million.

The NHS could make annual savings up to this figure if the Choose and Book system was used to make all referral-to-treatment appointments. Information is detailed below on the number of patients waiting, and length of time waiting, for a first appointment at a consultant-led outpatient service and integrated clinical assessment and treatment services (ICATS) at health and social care (HSC) trusts in Northern Ireland.

For each patient still waiting, report their length of wait in weeks on the last day of the month in question. To measure the waiting times: The clock starts when the request for a diagnostic test or procedure is made.

For Choose and Book referrals, this is the time that the UBRN is converted, i.e when the patient has accepted an appointment. An Audit Scotland report in February found minor errors in waiting times data across Scotland. Our study has not included a review of the quality of Welsh referral to treatment data.

1 National Audit Office, NHS waiting times for elective care in England, January 2 Audit Scotland, Management of patients on NHS waiting lists, February. Waiting times for GP appointments are now up to three weeks in many parts of the country as surgeries are so short-staffed. And hospital lists are so.

NHS waiting times for elective care in England Fifty-fifth Report of Session –14 Report, together with formal minutes related attending first outpatient appointments. Recommendation: given the difficulties with Choose and Book. The Choose and Book appointment. appointments were booked during the month with an average waiting time of weeks and 68% of patients waiting more than 6 weeks to return for treatment.

0 10 20 30 40 6 or less 4 - 10 11 - 14 15 or more % Number of weeks Waiting times for treatment appointments Target Condition. A comparison of 2 outpatient booking systems on waiting times was undertaken for 2 District Health Boards (DHBs) in New Zealand.

DHB1 uses a. Appointment Waiting Times To enable us to give you the best care and in the shortest amount of time it is very important that you attend all your hospital appointments.

If you know you are unable to attend your appointment please contact us as soon as possible by calling the phone number on your appointment letter. DOZENS of people waiting for important outpatient appointments at Swindon’s hospital fell off the radar, directors have heard.

Great Western Hospital blamed a loophole in an England-wide. Waiting times for hospital treatment vary, but you should expect to wait no longer than: 13 weeks for your first outpatient appointment six months for inpatient treatment.

An electronic booking system (Choose and Book—C&B) for general practices making hospital outpatient appointments was introduced in England in and by accounted for 50% of appointments. It was intended, inter alia, to reduce the rate of non‐ by: 6. Data showing the number of referrals received by Welsh Local Health Boards for a first outpatient consultant appointment, regardless of the patient’s area of residence.

Thank you for your interest in spreading the word about The BMJ. NOTE: We only request your email address so that the person you are recommending the page to knows that you wanted them to see it, and that it is not junk by:. "If we can get a balance between the demand for appointments and the supply of appointments — if we can get, understand, and measure that balance — then we can eliminate waiting times," says Murray.

"That involves basically doing today’s work today, rather than using the old paradigm of stratifying urgent and non-urgent work.Waiting times for a first outpatient appointment with a consultant in hospitals throughout Scotland Information to allow GPs to make appropriate referrals to consultants with the shortest waiting times Initially, waiting times are available for 8 acute specialties (see Annex 2 - Definitions), which account for 80% of outpatient referralsFile Size: KB.A guide to waiting times Each year we treat aroundpatients, and we work hard to try to ensure that people are diagnosed and start treatment as soon as possible.

The national standard is that you should receive your first treatment within 18 weeks of .