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Hip Replacement Operations

Volume 129: debated on Wednesday 9 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate for each district health authority within Greater London (a) the current length of time an individual would be expected to wait for a hip replacement operation and (b) the number of individuals currently waiting for a hip replacement operation who have been on the waiting list for (i) up to one year, (ii) between one and two years, (iii) between two and three years, (iv) between three and four years and (v) over four years.

None of the information requested is available centrally. Information on in-patient waiting lists is collected by specialty of treatment and not by intended method of treatment-operation. A one in 10 sample of hospital discharge records provide data about the waiting experience of patients who have been treated, but at district level the sample is too small to provide reliable estimates for hip replacement operations.Regional information for 1985—the latest year for which data are held centrally—is given in the table.

Estimated median interval in weeks between the time a patient was placed on the waiting list and the date of admission to NHS hospitals for total hip replacement and other arthroplasty of hip, Thames regions, 1985
RegionTime
North West Thames13
North East Thames18
South East Thames23
South West Thames26
Median Waiting Time (in weeks) of waiting list cases treated, by specialty and region, NHS hospitals, England 1985
SpecialtyNorthernYorkshireTrentEast AnglianNorth West ThamesNorth East ThamesSouth East ThamesSouth West Thames
All Non-Psychiatric Specialties78885678
General Medicine22332111
Neurology23551322
Rheumatology34241211
General Surgery56554555
Ear, Nose and Throat1413151211111112
Traumatic and Orthopaedic10915149131512
Ophthalmology111413111391112
Urology67796788
Plastic Surgery1212913691212
Thoracic Surgery63721151
Oral Surgery1519151912151212
Gynaecology66763557
Median Waiting Time (in weeks) of waiting list cases treated, by specialty and region, NHS hospitals, England 1985
SpecialtyWessexOxfordSouth WesternWest MidlandsMerseyNorth WesternSHA'sEngland
All Non-Psychiatric Specialties98885757
General Medicine11220332
Neurology75255333
Rheumatology211243213
General Surgery65665535
Ear, Nose and Throat151113119151512
Traumatic and Orthopaedic17121512811612
Ophthalmology141813209111113
Urology1087108648
Plastic Surgery131410149142112