At the end of May 2020, figures from NHS England showed that we achieved 73.1% against the national Referral to Treatment (RTT) target for waiting times (standard is for 92% of elective patients to be treated within 18 weeks of referral by a GP). Whilst waiting times have increased, we still have shorter waiting times than other local NHS Trusts.
Our waiting times have increased in recent weeks as the Trust has responded to the coronavirus pandemic. We have suspended a number of outpatient services and routine operations. Along with all other hospitals, we are looking at ways to deliver services in a way that protects our patients and staff. This may mean that your outpatient consultation is conducted by telephone or video.
If you are referred to Dudley, 9 out of 10* patients wait up to:
27 weeks for trauma & orthopaedics
26 weeks for gynaecology
23 weeks for gastrointestinal
31 weeks for ophthalmology
33 weeks for general surgery
* This figure shows the number of weeks after referral within which 92 per cent (or 9.2 out of ten) of the patients waiting to start treatment had been waiting from referral at the end of the latest reporting period. Waiting times are calculated from aggregate data, rather than patient level data, and therefore are only estimates of the position on average waits. Please note that the actual waiting time may be much shorter or longer. This depends how urgent an individual case is – more urgent cases may need to be seen sooner, and this means if your case is less urgent you may have to wait longer.
For more information, visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/rtt-waiting-times/