outpatient waiting times

outpatient waiting times

The amount of time that a patient must wait for outpatient treatment by an NHS doctor, with a goal of 17 weeks for the initial consultation. The treatment itself may be carried out later or not at all, depending on the consultant’s decision.
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The Government released this data for the first time in August, to improve transparency and ensure health services actively work to reduce outpatient waiting times.
We need to hear assurances from the Health Minister that she won't deal with the problem of rising referral to treatment waiting time figures in the same way that she did with similar rises in inpatient and outpatient waiting times - by stopping collecting the data.
The 2010/11 ministerial target for outpatient waiting times says that by March 31 no patient should wait longer than nine weeks for their first outpatient appointment.
Carwyn Jones, leaning lawyer-like on his lectern, pointed out that outpatient waiting times 10-12 years ago 'were substantially longer than they are now'.
WELSH Liberal Democrat health spokesman Peter Black has expressed his anger at the increase in outpatient waiting times.
We include data on inpatient and outpatient waiting times estimated at the health authority (HA) and regional level (provided by the NHS Waiting Times Team), as well as data on the number of private acute care beds, at the regional level (Laing and Buisson 2000a), and estimates of the regional distribution of physicians working in the private health care sector (DH 2001).
By December 2005, no patient should be waiting longer than six months and the report showed that outpatient waiting times were also falling.
Outpatient waiting times at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary have been slashed by a new one-stop-shop approach.
Health Minister Malcolm Chisholm admitted outpatient waiting times were 'unacceptably long'.
Despite excelling in all its key targets - putting it among the top performers for A&E waiting times, two-week cancer waits and both inpatient and outpatient waiting times - the trust was marked down because of a rise in the number of cases of the hospitals-acquired infection MRSA from 31 to 54.
Every trust now has an outpatient manager specifically to look at outpatient waiting times and as a result of this and the appointment of an outpatient specialist as part of the Assembly's Innovations in Care team, I expect to see the waiting times start to fall very shortly.
It also has impressive improvements in missed outpatient appointments, outpatient waiting times and hospital cleanliness.