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Open-Heart Surgery

Volume 122: debated on Tuesday 10 November 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many patients from the City of Aberdeen and Grampian region each year since 1978 have been required to attend hospitals outside the area of Grampian health board for open-heart surgery; what has been the average waiting list for each quarter of the year; and what has been the average waiting time of patients awaiting such surgery.

[holding answer 26 October 1987]: This information is available only from 1983 (when the cardiac surgery register was established), and for patients resident in the whole Grampian health board area. Information on this basis is set out in the table.

Cardiac surgery patients resident in Grampian health board area
Receiving surgery outwith Health Board areaNumber on waiting listAverage wait (in days)
1983 (total)29
Quarter ended
31 March73797
30 June74781
30 September64211
31 December94563
1984 (total)79

Receiving surgery outwith Health Board area

Number on waiting list

Average wait (in days)

Quarter ended
31 March134494
30 June274098
30 September2717132
31 December129127

1985 (total)

Quarter ended
31 March41383
30 June103236
30 September94351
31 December204362

1986 (total)

Quarter ended
31 March2341111
30 June2484121
30 September3565111
31 December2379137