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Hospital waiting times explained

The waiting times table has been designed to be easily read and understood. There are however some scenarios where the data may appear to be saying different or contradictory things due to the data coming from different source files. Some common scenarios are:

Dermatology

Dermatology is predominantly an outpatient service. Outpatient waiting times are likely to be longer and the table will display ‘no reported waiting list’ for the waiting time to surgery.

Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology will sometimes display a longer outpatient waiting time than the waiting time for surgery.

This is due to the high volume of ‘straight to test’ endoscopies, such as gastroscopy, that are recorded as ‘operations’ for the purpose of NHS reporting. Urgent cancer activity may also reduce the displayed waiting times for operations.

General Surgery

General Surgery consists of a wide range of procedures covering breast, colorectal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, kidney and liver surgery.

Some hospitals will sometimes display ‘No Data’ as they report specific procedures which are not able to be displayed whereas other hospitals group the wide range of procedures together. When grouped the data is able to be displayed.

Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Medicine is predominantly an outpatient service and is very unlikely to report waiting times for operations.

Neurology

Neurology is predominantly an outpatient service and is very unlikely to report waiting times for operations.

Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery will sometimes display a longer outpatient waiting time than the waiting time for surgery as many operations are performed in an outpatient environment.

Rheumatology

Rheumatology will often display a longer outpatient waiting time than the waiting time for surgery as it is predominantly and outpatient service.

Thoracic Medicine

Thoracic Medicine will often display a longer outpatient waiting time than the waiting time for surgery as it is predominantly and outpatient service.

Hospital waiting times

Data sources

Data is obtained from mandatory NHS reports submitted by hospital providers to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). The colour coding applied to the Hospital Waiting Times table is an arbitrary rating applied by the CCG for ease of viewing. Please see data details below.

How long can I expect to wait for my first outpatient appointment after seeing my GP?

Data Source: Secondary Uses Service (SUS) – an NHS national database of hospital activity 
Measure: Median number of weeks between referral date received and date of first outpatient attendance.
Note: Data relates to Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire patients only and excludes urgent suspected cancer two week wait referrals.
Colour coding: 0 to 4 weeks green, 5 to 12 weeks amber, over 12 weeks red.

How long can I expect to wait for my operation after seeing my GP?

Data Source: Unify, Department of Health 
Measure: 95th percentile for Referral To Treatment in weeks as reported for admitted pathways. 19 in every 20 patients should expect to be treated within the timeframe displayed. 
Notes: Data relates to Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire patients only. 
Colour coding: 0 to 18 weeks green, 19 to 30 weeks amber, over 30 weeks red.

What proportion of patients would recommend the hospital to their friends and family?

Data Source: Friends & Family Test 
Measure: Percentage of patients who would recommend the hospital to others.
Notes: Hospital/Provider reported position for inpatient activity. 
Colour coding: None applied