How long does an NHS referral take?

How long does an NHS referral take?

The maximum waiting time for non-urgent, consultant-led treatments is 18 weeks from the day your appointment is booked through the NHS e-Referral Service, or when the hospital or service receives your referral letter. However, your right to an 18-week waiting time does not apply if: you choose to wait longer.

How long is an urgent referral NHS Scotland?

urgent suspicion of cancer: Patients referred via the urgent suspected cancer pathway should receive first treatment within 62 days of receipt of referral. These referrals will be prioritised and tracked.

How long does a gyno referral take?

Two week wait office The gynaecology clinic aims to vet all referrals in within 48 hours and return them to the Trust’s appointment centre to be centrally managed. New appointments: contact the patient access team by phone 020 7188 0543 option 2 or use our online form.

How long do urgent referrals take?

Urgent referrals The referral is considered urgent because the specialist needs to arrange investigations quickly to try to establish what is wrong. An urgent referral means that the patient will be offered an appointment at a hospital within two weeks.

How long do you have to wait for a colonoscopy on the NHS?

Under NHS rules in England, patients should wait no more than six weeks for endoscopy tests (colonoscopy or flexi-sigmoidoscopy) that can diagnose bowel cancer; and no more than two weeks to see a specialist if they’ve been referred urgently by their GP for suspected bowel cancer.

How long does it take to get a Gynaecology referral in Scotland?

Background. The 18 Weeks RTT standard applies to the entire patient journey from the initial referral to the start of treatment. Achieving the standard depends on waiting times for diagnostic tests, new outpatient appointments, inpatient and day case treatment.

Why do referrals take so long?

In general, the longer you have had a problem and the more in-depth the workup is, then the longer it can take to collect the data the specialist requires. This is important because you want your appointment with a specialist to be as productive as possible and not repeat tests that have already been done.

How to make an acute referral in Lothian?

If you have arranged an appointment in the acute referral clinic and you are referring from within another hospital in Lothian please use TRAK to type the referral letter. For optometry specific referral forms please see Information for optometrists

Are there long waiting times at NHS Lothian?

NHS Lothian is committed to reducing waiting times and ensuring patients are seen as soon as possible. The time you will wait will depend on your condition and the service you have been referred to.

Is there an NHS in East Lothian Scotland?

NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the populations of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian. We also provide some services for patients in the Borders and in Fife and are a national centre of expertise for some specialties provided to people across Scotland.

Where can I get ref help in Lothian?

ADVICE SHOULD ALWAYS BE OBTAINED FROM YOUR OWN GP. Ref Help needs your contributions. The ultimate aim is that all specialities within Lothian, which accept referrals, will have a page of up-to-date information about their service.