Patients & Visitors

Outpatients

Wait times for first outpatient appointment

We are sorry that many outpatient appointments have been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Please only contact your GP if your condition worsens during your waiting period. Unfortunately, non-urgent cases cannot be expedited.

Please be assured that we have not forgotten about you. We are working hard across all specialties to review waiting lists and to minimise delays, and we will keep in touch with you about your waiting time.

To ensure patient and staff safety, each specialty is working to provide clinical reviews by telephone or by online video. Patients who need to be seen will be asked to attend face-to-face appointments, where social distancing and hygiene measures are in place.

Patients with, or who live with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms - a high temperature, continuous cough or loss or change in sense of taste or smell - must not attend appointments. Please call the number on your appointment letter to rearrange.

The outpatient waiting times listed below indicate the approximate waiting time for each speciality. This wait starts when the hospital receives the referral from the GP until the point of being seen in an outpatient clinic.

These statistics are updated at the beginning of each month and therefore sometimes the waiting times may fluctuate during the month. Some patients will be seen more quickly than the waiting times listed below, such as those on a two-week wait pathway (suspected cancer) and other urgent cases.

Surgery

Outpatients
(GP Referred)
Wait in weeks in excess of:

General Surgery

49

ENT (Adults)

46

ENT (Paediatric)

47

Ophthalmology - General

35

Ophthalmology surgical pathway - Cataracts

14

Ophthalmology - Glaucoma

18

Ophthalmology - Medical Retina

18

Ophthalmology - Corneal

14

Ophthalmology - Paediatric

40

Ophthalmology surgical pathway - Lids

14

Oral Surgery (Adults)

35

Oral Surgery (Paediatric)

10

Orthodontics

47

Trauma & Orthopaedics - Hands

6

Trauma & Orthopaedics - Knees

10

Trauma & Orthopaedics - Foot & Ankle

12

Trauma & Orthopaedics - Shoulder

12

Trauma & Orthopaedics - Spine

20

Trauma & Orthopaedics - Hips

10

Trauma & Orthopaedics - Paediatric

14

Urology

36

Urology (Paediatric)

25

back to top

Medicine

Outpatients
(GP Referred)
Wait in weeks in excess of:

Cardiology

40

Dermatology (Adults)

15

Dermatology (Paediatric)

12

Diabetic Medicine

23

Endocrinology

32

Gastroenterology

62

Geriatric Medicine

15

Neurology

20

Respiratory

12

Rheumatology

19


back to top

Family & Specialist Services

Outpatients
(GP Referred)
Wait in weeks in excess of:

Gynaecology

28

Paediatrics - General

29

Paediatrics - Allergy

20

Paediatrics - Cardiology

18

back to top

Outpatient and Radiology waiting times

Current general routine referral waiting times
(please note urgent and specialised scans waiting times may differ):

Wait in weeks in excess of:

(this is a guide to the average waiting time for a routine scan)

CT Scan

24+

MRI Scan

14-16

Ultrasound Scan

12

Plain film X-Ray

  • RUH

  • Community sites



8-10


8-10

back to top