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Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust: Waiting Lists

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for (a) an in-patient and (b) an out-patient in the Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust was in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest period for which figures are available. (308656)

The information is not available in the format requested. The following table shows the median in-patient waiting time for elective admission patients still waiting in all specialties for the time period 1997-2009 for commissioner organisations in the central Lancashire area.

Organisation

Waiting time (weeks)

Month ending March 1997

North West Lancashire Health Authority (HA)

11.9

South Lancashire HA

15.4

Month Ending October 2009

Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust (PCT)

2.8

Notes:

1. Figures are shown for organisations that existed at the time

2. In-patient waiting times are measured from decision to admit by the consultant to admission to hospital.

3. The figures show the median waiting times for patients still waiting for admission at the end of the period stated.

4. Median waiting times are calculated from aggregate data, rather than patient level data, and therefore are only estimates of the position on average waits.

5. In particular, specialties with low numbers waiting are prone to fluctuations in the median. This should be taken into account when interpreting the data.

Source:

Department of Health waiting list collections QF01 and MMRCOM

The following table shows the median out-patient waiting time for a first out-patient appointment for patients seen in the year in all specialties for the time period 1997-2007 for commissioner organisations in the central Lancashire area.

Organisation

Waiting time (weeks)

Financial year 1997-98

South Lancashire HA

7.5

North West Lancashire HA

6.0

Financial year 2007-08

Central Lancashire PCT

4.5

The following table shows the median out-patient waiting time for a first out-patient appointment for patients still waiting at the period end in all specialties for the time period 2005-09 for commissioner organisations in the central Lancashire area.

Organisation

Waiting time (weeks)

Month ending March 2005

Chorley and South Ribble PCT

4.7

West Lancashire PCT

5.3

Preston PCT

4.6

Month ending October 2009

Central Lancashire PCT

2.6

Notes:

1. Figures are shown for organisations that existed at the time.

2. Out-patient waiting times are measured from referral by the GP to first out-patient appointment to the consultant.

3. From 1997-98 all time bands for out-patients seen were first collected so only average waiting first out-patient times can be made from this point in time.

4. The out-patient seen figures relate to the average wait for patients seen during the whole of each year except for 2007-08 where figures relate to quarters 1 and 2 combined.

5. The last time these data were collected for each specialty was for period ending September 2007.

6. From 2004-05 all time bands for out-patients not seen were first collected so only average waiting first out-patient times on a waiting basis can be made from this point in time.

7. Median waiting times are calculated from aggregate data, rather than patient level data, and therefore are only estimates of the position on average waits.

8. In particular, specialties with low numbers waiting are prone to fluctuations in the median. This should be taken into account when interpreting the data.

9. Historically, since 1997, we collected out-patient waiting times based on numbers seen during the quarter (the QM08 return). In addition, we collected data on a ‘still waiting’ basis in our monthly return alongside our in-patient waiting times figures. However, unlike the in-patient figures, we did not collect the full waiting list on out-patients, just the long waiters. Therefore, it was not possible to calculate the average wait on this basis.

10. Since 2004-05, we collected the full out-patient waiting list, hence we could start calculating average waits on the same basis as in-patients from this date. We have since phased out the out-patient ‘seen’ collection, so we now can only use the ‘still waiting’ or ‘not seen’ figures.

11. The result of this is that average waits appear lower on the ‘still waiting’ basis simply because this is collected as a snapshot of patients waiting time at the end of the month before they have been seen. Therefore, the averages appear lower, but we have provided both sets so that users can see the effect and trend.

Source:

Department of Health waiting list collections QM08R and MMRCOM