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Ormskirk General Hospital And Wigan Infirmary

Volume 886: debated on Wednesday 19 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average length of time that people who live in the Ince constituency have to wait to receive treatment in the various specialties available at the Ormskirk General Hospital and Wigan Infirmary, respectively; and if she will give, in each case, details for in-patients and out-patients in each specialty, and a comparison between these figures and the area regional and national averages.

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 20th December 1974, Vol. 883, c. 733], circulated the following information:Table I relates to in-patients discharged during November 1974 and Table II to out-patient appointments given to patients referred on the dates shown. Waiting times for admission vary according to the circumstances of each case and urgent cases are admitted without delay, so that averages are misleading.Figures corresponding to those in Table I are not available either for the region or nationally. The Report on the Hospital In-Patient Enquiry for the year 1972, the latest year for which statistics have been published, provides in Table II of the preliminary tables the waiting times for various diagnostic groups of patients admitted from waiting lists in England and Wales. xc I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of the table which is based on a sample inquiry.

TABLE I
Numbers of patients discharged in November 1974, by specialty, and waiting time prior to admission from waiting lists:
Wigan Infirmary
Under 3 months3–6 months6–12 months1–2 yearsOver 2 years
General Medicine
Paediatrics
Chest Diseases
Geriatrics
General Surgery192152171123
Traumatic and Orthopaedic69131314
Ophthalmology1077763
Plastic Surgery47124
Dental Surgery47385623
Gynaecology855710115373
Mental Illness
Ear, Nose and Throat24018529888
Wigan Area
Under 3 months3–6 months6–12 months1–2 yearsOver 2 years
General Medicine
Paediatrics
Chest DiseasesNot applicable
GeriatricsNot applicable
General Surgery3272352451351
Traumatic and Orthopaedic89131314
Ophthalmology1077763
Plastic Surgery47124
Dental Surgery47385623
Gynaecology15010214719280
Mental IllnessNot applicable
Ear, Nose and Throat36732841519022
Ormskirk General Hospital
Under 3 months3–6 months6–12 months1–2 yearsOver 2 years
General Medicine
Paediatrics
Chest Diseases
Geriatrics16
General Surgery582027123
Traumatic and Orthopaedic4984
Ophthalmology
Plastic Surgery
Dental Surgery
Gynaecology2511
Mental Illness
Ear, Nose and Throat282328462
Lancashire Area (excluding Preston)
Under 3 months3–6 months6–12 months1–2 yearsOver 2 years
General Medicine14
Paediatrics2418
Chest Diseases
Geriatrics118
General Surgery1,234397404419293
Traumatic and Orthopaedic820456693836445
Ophthalmology18887847334
Plastic SurgeryNot Applicable
Dental Surgery13440754219
Gynaecology731128542844
Mental Illness2051
Ear, Nose and ThroatNot Available
Notes:
1. Blanks in columns of figures denote no waiting time.
2. The symbol "—" denotes specialty not provided in the hospital.
3. The figures include patients from outside Ince constituency but within the hospital catchment areas.

I regret that national averages for out-patient waiting times corresponding to those in Table II are not available

TABLE II
Non-urgent out-patient appointments waiting time in days as at 31st October 1974 (Wigan) and 30th November 1974 (Ormskirk) between referrals by general practitioners and first out-patient appointments.

Specialty

Wigan Infirmary

Wigan Area

Ormskirk District General Hospital

Lancs. Area

Northwestern Region

General Medicine8463351114
Paediatrics141456214
Diseases of the Chest4214614
Dermatology4235620
Rheumatology28N/A2840
Geriatrics28N/A710
General Surgery494228520
Ear, Nose and Throat4249119425
Orthopaedics7070492160
Ophthalmics567561020
Radiotherapy7N/A64
Plastic Surgery14421424
Thoracic Surgery7N/A76
Dental Surgery270728520
Neurosurgery7N/A1425
Gynaecology563528620
Psychiatry—children7774214
Mental Illness14N/A70712

Note:

1. "N/A" means information is not available.
2. The symbol "—" denotes the specialty is not provided at the hospital.