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Outpatient waiting times

Please note that waiting times are estimates and may be further impacted by pressures associated with Covid-19 and available capacity.

Changes in referral clinical urgency or sub-specialty referrals may have an impact on the estimated waiting times.

Updated times from April 2022.

 


  • Adults
    Suspect cancer / red flag outpatient appointment

    (days)

    URGENT consultant-led outpatient appointment

    (weeks)

    ROUTINE consultant-led outpatient appointment

    (weeks)

    Allergy N/A 71 338
    Audiology N/A N/A 20 (audiologist appointment)
    Breast 14 days 9 20
    Breast reconstruction N/A 9 118
    Cardiac surgery N/A 13 15
    Cardiology N/A 51 168
    Colorectal surgery 14 days 94 165
    Dental conservation N/A 9 14
    Dental oral medicine 14 days 11 49
    Dental oral surgery 14 days 9 12
    Dental orthodontics N/A 12 79
    Dental periodontics N/A 14 132
    Dental prosthetics 9 45
    Dental special care N/A 129 168
    Dermatology 19 days 114 251
    Diabetic / endocrine 42 days 49 108
    Endocrine surgery 14 days 9 10
    Ear nose and throat (ENT) 14 days 9 185
    Gastroenterology 14 days 79 148
    General medicine N/A 73 162
    Genetics N/A 13 20
    Geriatric medicine 21 days 15 89
    Gynaecology 20 days 97 130
    Haematology 14 days 9 9
    Hepatology 14 days 142 203
    Immunology N/A 9 18
    Infectious diseases N/A 9 145
    Lipid N/A 9 11
    Nephrology N/A 9 19
    Neurology 14 days 157 321
    Neurophysiology N/A 75 170
    Neurosurgery 14 days 38 121
    Ophthalmology – general 46 days 113 288
    Ophthalmology – cataract N/A 40 160
    Ophthalmology – diabetic N/A 9 46
    Ophthalmology – glaucoma N/A 15 20
    Ophthalmology – macular N/A Less than 9 weeks 9
    Osteoporosis N/A 16 39
    Pain clinic N/A 11 29
    Regional fertility N/A N/A 67
    Respiratory 28 days 16 155
    Rheumatology N/A 350 381
    Specialist medicine N/A 45 198
    Thoracic surgery 14 days 9 20
    Upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery 20 days 63 135
    Urology 40 days 34 206
    Vascular 14 days 16 259

     

  • Children's

     

    Suspect cancer / red flag outpatient appointment

    (days)

    URGENT consultant-led outpatient appointment

    (weeks)

    ROUTINE consultant-led outpatient appointment

    (weeks)

    Paediatric allergy N/A 16 199
    Paediatric cardiology N/A 13 61
    Paediatric  dermatology 14 days 15 133
    Paediatric  endocrine N/A 9 166
    Paediatric  ear, nose and throat (ENT) 14 days 14 115
    Paediatric  feeding clinic N/A 9 9
    Paediatric  gastroenterology N/A 9 36
    Paediatric  immunology N/A 9 29
    Paediatric  medical 14 days 13 113
    Paediatric  metabolic N/A 9 9
    Paediatric  nephrology 14 days 9 43
    Paediatric  neurodisability N/A 9 9
    Paediatric  neurology 14 days 15 56
    Paediatric  neurosurgery N/A 10 10
    Paediatric  orthopaedic (Children’s Hospital only) N/A 16 119
    Paediatric  plastics 14 days 9 92
    Paediatric  respiratory N/A 9 9
    Paediatric  surgery 14 days 10 151
    Paediatric  urology N/A 10 174

     

  • Orthopaedics
    URGENT appointment (weeks) ROUTINE appointment (weeks)
    Back 15 93
    Shoulder 10 247
    Foot 9 178
    Upper limb / hand / elbow 9 237
    Hip 12 135
    Knee 9 134
    Paediatrics (children) 9 93
    Scoliosis 9 67

     

  • Imaging
    Suspect cancer / red flag appointment (days) Urgent appointment (weeks) Routine appointment (weeks)
    MRI 24 days 28 43
    Neuro MRI 15 days 81 115
    General anaesthetic MRI adult N/A 138 198
    General anaesthetic MRI paediatrics (children) N/A 9 71
    CT colonoscopy 14 days 9 9
    CT cardiac N/A 9 24
    CT general 15 days 24 31
    Non-obstetric ultrasound 8 days 9 21
    MSK ultrasound with injection N/A 9 15

Please note:

  • Longest waiting times are indicated here.
  • Where waiting times are indicated as nine weeks, they are less than or equal to nine weeks.

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