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Consultant Referrals

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time to be seen by a consultant was for people in Northern Ireland in 2005-06, broken down by clinical conditions. (80057)

Official waiting list information is collected by time band. It is therefore not possible to calculate the average (arithmetic mean) and longest waiting time. It is however possible to identify the median or mid point waiting time band.

The latest available waiting list statistics show the position at 31 March 2006. It is not possible to provide waiting lists by clinical conditions as waiting list information is aggregated by specialty. The median waiting time band for patients waiting for their first outpatient consultant appointment at 31 March 2006 for each individual specialty is provided in the following table.

Specialty

Median waiting time for first outpatient consultant appointment at 31 March 2006 (months)

General Surgery

0-2

Urology

3-5

T and O Surgery

9-11

ENT

3-5

Ophthalmology

3-5

Oral Surgery

6-8

Restorative Dentistry

9-11

Paediatric Dentistry

12-14

Orthodontics

3-5

Neurosurgery

6-8

Plastic Surgery

21-23

Cardiac Surgery

0-2

Paediatric Surgery

3-5

Thoracic Surgery

0-2

Accident and Emergency

0-2

Anaesthetics

0-2

Pain Management

6-8

General Medicine

3-5

Gastroenterology

3-5

Endocrinology

0-2

Haematology ( Clinical)

0-2

Audiological Medicine

0-2

Clinical Genetics

0-2

Rehabilitation

0-2

Palliative Medicine

0-2

Cardiology

3-5

Dermatology

3-5

Thoracic Medicine

0-2

Genito-Urinary Medicine

0-2

Nephrology

3-5

Medical Oncology

0-2

Neurology

3-5

Rheumatology

3-5

Paediatrics

0-2

Paediatric Neurology

0-2

Geriatric Medicine

0-2

Dental Medicine Specialties

9-11

Obstetrics

0-2

Gynaecology

0-2

GP Other

0-2

Mental Handicap

3-5

Mental Illness

0-2

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

0-2

Psychotherapy

3-5

Old Age Psychiatry

0-2

Clinical Oncology

0-2

Chemical Pathology

0-2

Haematology

0-2

Joint Consultant Clinics

0-2

All Specialties

3-5

Source: Departmental Information Return CH3 Parts 1 and 2