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King’s Mill Hospital

Health written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for an appointment with a consultant at King's Mill hospital in each of the last five years.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information requested is not available. Information on the mean and median time waited(1) in days for an outpatient(2) appointment at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust(3), 2005-06 to 2009-10(4) is available in the following table:

Mean Median
2009-10 30.0 25
2008-09 29.2 25
2007-08 28.0 26
2006-07 33.4 26
2005-06 43.2 35
(1 )Time waited statistics from Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are not the same as the published waiting list statistics. Waiting times statistics are usually only calculated for first attendances of patients referred by general practitioners and dentists, whereas the Time Waited data here include all referral types. It is unclear whether the data collected has any relevance to subsequent attenders. Analysis of the data has revealed high (up to 100%) percentages of zero day waits for some providers suggesting poor data recording. (2 )It is not possible to specifically select appointments with a consultant, but where the main treating specialty is Nursing (950), Midwifery (560) or Allied Health Professional (960) these have been excluded. (3 )A provider code is a unique code that identifies an organisation acting as a health care provider (e.g. NHS trust or primary care trust). Hospital providers can also include treatment centres (TC). Normally, if data are tabulated by health care provider, the figure for an NHS trust gives the activity of all the sites as one aggregated figure. However, in the case of those with embedded TCs, these data are quoted separately. In these cases, “-X” is appended to the code for the rest of the trust, to remind users that the figures are for all sites of the trust excluding the TCs. The quality of TC returns are such that data may not be complete. Some NHS trusts have not registered their TC as a separate site, and it is therefore not possible to identify their activity separately. Data from some independent sector providers, where the onus for arrangement of dataflows is on the commissioner, may be missing. Care must be taken when using this data as the counts may be lower than true figures. (4 )HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, apparent reductions in activity may be due to a number of procedures which may now be undertaken in outpatient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for health and social care.

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