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Pain Relief Clinics

Volume 227: debated on Wednesday 23 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the current waiting times for appointments at pain relief clinics in those hospitals offering this service.

Emergency inpatient admissions to acute general hospitals with a diagnosis of poisoning by drugs or drug dependence or abuse, 1988–1992
Year of discharge
Principal diagnosis19881989199019911992
Poisoning by Antibiotics170117152157153
Poisoning by Other Anti-Infectives4950465453
Poisoning by Hormones and Synthetic Substitutes132118133130152
Poisoning by Primarily Systemic Agents87103121109120
Poisoning by Agents Primarily Affecting Blood Constituents11392110118113
Poisoning by Analgesics, Antipyretics and Antirheumatics4,1384,3165,0945,7886,578
Poisoning by Anticonvulsants and Anti-Parkinsonism Drugs320299335363375
Poisoning by Sedatives and Hypnotics486453433481465
Poisoning by Other Central Nervous System Depressants149131220
Poisoning by Psychotropic Agents3,8033,6303,7463,6944,077
Poisoning by Central Nervous System Stimulants222627
Poisoning by Drugs Primarily Affecting the Autonomic Nervous System938480111148
Poisoning by Agents Primarily Affecting the Cardiovascular System250194231238275
Poisoning by Agents Primarily Affecting the Gastrointestinal System5967636580
Poisoning by Water, Mineral and Uric Acid Metabolism Drugs109868310164
Poisoning by Agents Primarily Acting on Smooth/Skeletal Muscles. Respiration System172160192204228
Poisoning by Agents Primarily Affecting Skin Mucous Membrane: Ophth. Otorhin. Dental Drug120125119124108
Poisoning by Other and Unspecified Drugs and Medicaments1,6841,3751,5251,4771,664
Poisoning by Bacterial Vaccines01120
Poisoning by Other Vaccines and Biological Substances60221
Total11,80711,28112,48113,23614,701
Drug Dependence (See Note 2)3126314135
Nondependent Drug Abuse (See Note 2)1,1611,1371,3341,4441,555

The information, which relates to the average waiting time for first appointments, is set out in the table.

New outpatient attendances at pain relief clinics—mean wait over period 1 October 1992 to 31 March 1993
HospitalMean wait (days)
Crosshouse hospital53
Ayr hospital48
Inverclyde Royal hospital45
Victoria hospital78
Dunfermline and West Fife hospital93
Glasgow Royal infirmary65
Stobhill hospital91
Victoria infirmary77
Southern general hospital35
Gartnavel general hospital143
Caithness general hospital29
Monklands district general hospital66
Law hospital22
Aberdeen Royal infirmary51
Royal infirmary, Edinburgh95
Dundee Royal infirmary127
Falkirk and District Royal infirmary48
Dumfries and Galloway Royal infirmary65
All clinics78