Hospitals: Waiting Lists

Health written question – answered on 27th February 2008.

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Photo of Matthew Taylor Matthew Taylor Liberal Democrat, Truro and St Austell

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average hospital waiting times were in (a) Cornwall, (b) the south west and (c) England for each specialty in each year since 1997.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information is shown in the following tables.

Inpatient median waiting times, C ommissioner B asis (Cornwall A rea)

Organisation: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly primary care trust (PCT): median waiting time for elective admission
Weeks
Specialty Period ending March 2007
General surgery 7.2
Urology 6.1
Trauma AND Orthopaedics 7.4
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) 8.2
Ophthalmology 7.2
Oral surgery 7.4
Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgery 8.4
Neurosurgery 8.9
Plastic surgery 9.4
Cardiothoracic surgery 4.2
General medicine n/a
Gastroenterology n/a
Cardiology 4.6
Dermatology 5.2
Thoracic medicine n/a
Genito-urinary medicine n/a
Clinical Neuro-Physiology n/a
Rheumatology n/a
Paediatrics n/a
Geriatric medicine n/a
Gynaecology 7.2
All specialties 7.0
West of Cornwall PCT: median waiting time for elective admission
Weeks
Period ending
Specialty March 2006 March 2005 March 2004 March 2003
General surgery 6.0 6.9 9.1 8.7
Urology 6.6 9.2 9.4 10.4
Trauma and Orthopaedics 10.9 11.9 15.0 18.2
ENT 8.5 7.7 11.6 12.8
Ophthalmology 5.2 6.1 10.3 20.6
Oral surgery 8.2 8.9 8.9 7.5
Neurosurgery n/a n/a n/a n/a
Plastic surgery 9.8 16.2 16.9 22.3
Cardiothoracic surgery n/a n/a n/a n/a
Endocrinology n/a n/a n/a n/a
Cardiology 7.6 8.2 10.8 n/a
Dermatology 6.3 4.2 8.1 7.8
Gynaecology 8.5 8.0 10.7 14.5
Neuropathology n/a n/a n/a n/a
All specialties 7.9 8.8 11.0 12.8
North and East Cornwall PCT: Median waiting time for elective admission
Weeks
Period ending
Specialty March 2006 March 2005 March 2004 March 2003
General surgery 9.0 9.9 11.4 15.2
Urology 6.1 8.2 10.4 10.5
Trauma and Orthopaedics 11.2 12.5 14.7 19.6
ENT 10.5 14.3 17.6 19.6
Ophthalmology 5.7 5.3 9.6 20.7
Oral surgery 8.2 9.9 10.0 9.9
Neurosurgery n/a n/a 9.5 n/a
Plastic surgery 10.3 13.2 17.4 19.9
Cardiothoracic surgery n/a n/a 10.7 n/a
Endocrinology n/a n/a n/a n/a
Cardiology 8.0 10.8 10.7 10.1
Dermatology 7.4 9.9 9.1 n/a
Gynaecology 7.8 7.8 12.7 14.4
Neuropathology n/a n/a n/a n/a
All specialties 8.5 10.1 12.2 16.8
Central Cornwall PCT: Median waiting time for elective admission
Weeks
Period ending
Specialty March 2006 March 2005 March 2004 March 2003
General surgery 7.9 9.8 11.4 12.8
Urology 7.3 7.4 9.3 10.7
Trauma and Orthopaedics 10.7 12.7 15.2 18.0
ENT 9.7 8.0 11.9 13.4
Ophthalmology 6.1 5.8 10.4 17.9
Oral surgery 8.0 8.0 8.6 7.8
Neurosurgery n/a n/a n/a n/a
Plastic surgery 10.7 17.6 16.5 22.3
Cardiothoracic surgery n/a n/a 10.6 13.2
Endocrinology 6.6 n/a n/a n/a
Cardiology 4.1 7.7 10.8 n/a
Dermatology n/a 3.4 7.2 8.3
Gynaecology 8.5 7.5 10.7 13.3
Neuropathology n/a n/a n/a n/a
All specialties 8.1 9.2 11.6 14.3
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly health authority: median waiting time for elective admission
Weeks
Period ending
Specialty March 2002 March 2001 March 2000 March 1999 March 1998 March 1997
General surgery 12.2 13.1 11.5 11.1 12.0 10.6
Urology 11.7 13.2 10.5 12.5 11.7 11.4
Trauma and Orthopaedics 20.1 21.1 18.2 16.3 17.2 13.5
ENT 15.7 12.8 15.6 22.6 22.4 15.0
Ophthalmology 20.4 17.9 19.6 17.3 19.4 17.7
Oral surgery 7.8 8.7 11.2 16.5 13.5 12.3
Neurosurgery 14.9 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Plastic surgery 17.8 18.5 20.3 20.8 13.5 14.7
Cardiothoracic surgery 20.3 20.0 22.8 24.0 17.5 13.3
Gastroenterology n/a n/a n/a 8.7 16.1 9.8
Cardiology 17.0 20.3 28.3 19.2 13.9 14.6
Dermatology 8.0 7.9 7.7 7.3 7.1 7.0
Gynaecology 12.6 11.6 12.6 11.6 14.0 13.0
All Specialties 15.6 15.6 14.6 14.9 15.4 12.9
Notes:

1. The figures show the median waiting times for patients still waiting for admission at the end of the period stated. Inpatient waiting times are measured from decision to admit by the consultant to admission to hospital.

2. Median waiting times are calculated from aggregate data, rather than patient level data, and therefore are only estimates of the position on average waits. In particular, specialties with low numbers waiting are prone to fluctuations in the median. This should be taken into account when interpreting the data.

3. Medians are not provided for inpatients not seen with total of less than 50 because this population is too small for a statistically meaningful median to be calculated so a n/a shown in that case.

4. Up to March 2002, Cornwall and Isles of Stilly health authority was in existence. From April 2002 up to the end of September 2006, West of Cornwall PCT, North and East Cornwall PCT and Central Cornwall PCT represented the area. From October 2006 onwards these three trusts were merged to form Cornwall and Isles of Stilly PCT. Source:

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