Patients & Visitors

Outpatients

Wait times for first outpatient appointment

We are sorry that many outpatient appointments have been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Please only contact your GP if your condition worsens during your waiting period. Unfortunately, non-urgent cases cannot be expedited.

Please be assured that we have not forgotten about you. We are working hard across all specialties to review waiting lists and to minimise delays, and we will keep in touch with you about your waiting time.

To ensure patient and staff safety, each specialty is working to provide clinical reviews by telephone or by online video. Patients who need to be seen will be asked to attend face to face appointments, where social distancing and hygiene measures are in place.

Patients with, or who live with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms – a high temperature, continuous cough or loss or change in sense of taste or smell – must not attend appointments. Please call the number on your appointment letter to rearrange.

The outpatient waiting times listed below indicate the approximate waiting time for each speciality. This wait starts when the hospital receives the referral from the GP until the point of being seen in an outpatient clinic.

These statistics are updated at the beginning of each month and therefore sometimes the waiting times may fluctuate during the month. Some patients will be seen more quickly than the waiting times listed below, such as those on a two-week wait pathway (suspected cancer) and other urgent cases.

Surgery

Outpatients
(GP Referred)
Wait in weeks in excess of:
Audiology

28

Chemical Pathology

31

Colorectal Surgery

36

General Surgery

36

ENT

50

ENT Paeds

30

Ophthalmology (cataracts only)

18

Oral Surgery

39

Orthodontics

35

Orthoptics

25

Paediatric Trauma & Orthopaedics

43

Paediatric Urology

30

Pain Management

-

Spinal Surgery Service

30

Trauma & Orthopaedics

30

Urology

5

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Medicine

Outpatients
(GP Referred)
Wait in weeks in excess of:

Cardiology

-

Cardiology (RACPC only)

2

Cardiology Echo

-

Dermatology

59

Diabetic Medicine

5

Endocrinology

10

Gastroenterology

38

Geriatric Medicine

26

Hepatology

3

Neurology

32

Paediatric Dermatology

50

Respiratory Medicine

22

Rheumatology

10

Stroke Medicine

4


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Women and Children

Outpatients
(GP Referred)
Wait in weeks in excess of:

Gynaecology

40

Paediatrics

Gen 8 , Allergy 7, Card 12

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