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Hospitals: Waiting Lists

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of NHS patients on waiting lists in Gloucestershire was in (a) 1997, (b) 2001, (c) 2005 and (d) 2007, broken down by category of patient. (248223)

Information is not available in the format requested. The following tables show the total number of patients waiting broken down by speciality for the acute trusts in the Gloucestershire area for the periods 1997, 2002, 2005 and 2007.

In 1997, people could wait longer than 18 months for an operation in hospital. By October 2008, the median wait for in-patient treatment has fallen to 8.2 weeks from 18.8 weeks in 1997. Waits were much longer if you include the 'hidden waits' for diagnostic tests. Since data were first collected in April 2006, the average wait for a diagnostic test has fallen from 6.1 weeks to just 1.6 weeks in November 2008.

Total in-patient waits in Gloucestershire—1997, 2001, 2005 and 2007; broken down by patient speciality

Total waiting list

East Gloucestershire NHS trust

Spec. name

1997

2001

General surgery

437

328

Urology

116

115

Trauma and Orthopaedics

773

743

ENT

322

0

Ophthalmology

582

1,834

Oral surgery

257

299

Plastic surgery

72

38

Paediatric surgery

6

1

Anaesthetics

39

0

General medicine

85

1

Gastroenterology

0

7

Cardiology

81

100

Rheumatology

0

1

Gynaecology

461

209

Total

3,231

3,676

Total waiting list

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Spec. name

2005

2007

General surgery

895

891

Urology

347

355

Trauma and Orthopaedics

2,738

2,982

ENT

628

528

Ophthalmology

1,037

1,124

Oral surgery

549

473

Plastic surgery

19

10

Gastroenterology

4

0

Cardiology

173

190

Dermatology

0

3

Neurology

0

9

Gynaecology

400

544

Total

6,790

7,109

Total waiting list

Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust

Spec. name

1997

2001

General surgery

662

592

Urology

312

224

Trauma and Orthopaedics

1,398

1,448

ENT

325

718

Ophthalmology

769

0

Oral surgery

396

230

General medicine

382

0

Gynaecology

212

137

Total

4,456

3,349

Notes:

1. 2002-03 saw the merger of Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust with the acute services arm of East Gloucestershire NHS Trust. The newly created organisation was Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

2. The figures used show a ‘snap-shot’ of the in-patient waiting list as at 31 March of each year. They are not cumulative figures.

3. Data relating to General medicine were collected as a patient speciality until September 2007.

4. The figures are a snapshot of the waiting list on the day of the data collection therefore the numbers will naturally fluctuate.

Source:

KH07—Provider based inpatient waiting times statistics.