Wirral, South

Health written question – answered on 22nd March 2005.

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Photo of Ben Chapman Ben Chapman PPS (Rt Hon Richard Caborn, Minister of State), Department for Culture, Media & Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average wait for operations on the NHS in Wirral, South was in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The information is not available in the format requested. However, information relating to the Wirral Hospitals National Health Service Trust is shown in the table.

Method of admission: elective (waiting list and booked cases). Mean and median time waited (days) for all operations. Wirral Hospitals NHS Trust 1997–98, 2001–02, 2003–04
Days
Average waiting time Median waiting time
1997–98 69 41
2001–02 81 45
2003–04 90 48

Notes:

1. The main operation is the first recorded operation in the hospital episode statistics (HES) data set and is usually the most resource intensive procedure performed during the episode. It is appropriate to use main operation when looking at admission details eg time waited but the figures for all operations count of episodes" give a more complete count of episodes with an operation.

2. A finished in-year admission is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider, excluding admissions beginning before 1 April at the start of the data year. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

3. Time waited statistics from HES are not the same as the published waiting list statistics. HES provides count and time waited for all patients admitted to hospital within a given period whereas the published waiting list statistics count those waiting for treatment on a specific date and how long they have been on the waiting list. Also HES, calculates the time waited as the difference between the admission and decision to admit dates. Unlike published waiting list statistics, this is not adjusted for self-deferrals or periods of medical/social suspension.

4. Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (ie the data are ungrossed).

Source:

HES, Department of Health.

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