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Waiting Lists: East Sussex

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex for treatment in (i) ear, nose and throat, (ii) general surgery, (iii) gynaecology, (iv) orthopaedics, (v) rheumatology, (vi) urology and (vii) pain relief specialities were in the last period for which figures are available. (125490)

The information requested is only available at primary care trust (PCT) level. The following tables detail the latest figures for average waiting times for the specialities requested for PCTs in East Sussex, based on the wait between consultant decision to admit and in-patient admission.

Commissioner based in-patient median waiting times for East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT and Hastings and Rother PCT, end of December 2006

East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT

Hastings and Rother PCT

Specialty

Total number waiting

Median waiting time (weeks)

Total number waiting

Median waiting time (weeks)

General surgery

667

8.2

236

7.3

Urology

296

8.1

61

n/a

Ear, nose and throat

575

10.0

173

9.5

Anaesthetics

50

n/a

12

n/a

Rheumatology

2

n/a

0

n/a

Gynaecology

311

8.5

164

11.6

Commissioner based in-patient median waiting times for East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT and Hastings and Rother PCT, end of January 2007

Specialty—trauma and orthopaedics

Total number waiting

Median waiting time (weeks)

East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT

1,540

10.7

Hastings and Rother PCT

1,000

12.3

Notes:

1. East Sussex, Downs and Weald PCT is a merger between Eastbourne Downs PCT and Sussex Downs and Weald PCT (due to the recent PCT restructuring that took place in October 2006). In addition, Hastings and Rother PCT is a merger between Bexhill and Rother PCT and Hastings and St. Leonards PCT.

2. Medians are not provided for specialties with a total waiting list of less than 100 because this population is too small for a statistically meaningful median to be calculated.

3. Pain management data are collected as part of the anaesthetic specialty, and Orthopaedics is part of trauma and orthopaedics. It is not possible to break these down into constituent parts.

4. Data by specialty are collected on a quarterly basis apart from trauma and orthopaedics, which are collected monthly.

Source:

Department, QF01 and Monthly Monitoring