Waiting times

Hospital appointments, tests, scans or other procedures you may need before being treated will all happen within 18 weeks of referral.

Patient receives clinical treatmentIn the early 1990s waiting times of more than six months for your first outpatient appointment were not uncommon, and tens of thousands of you waited more than two years for your operation.

18 weeks

By December 2008, the longest you will wait after being referred by your GP until you start your treatment will be 18 weeks – that is, unless it is clinically appropriate to wait longer, or you choose to delay treatment.

Wherever possible you will wait less than this. Any hospital appointments, tests, scans or other procedures that you may need before being treated will all happen within the 18 weeks.

18 weeks is about delivering the right care, at the right time, of the right quality, and without unnecessary delays.

NHS Choices has more information about NHS waiting times.

The waiting times for all patients have been reduced to only a few days as the NHS meets the target of beginning a patient’s treatment within 18 weeks of their referral to hospital by their GP.

Our waiting time performance

The table below shows the number of days patients have waited for treatment. Information labelled ~ is not available. 18 weeks is 126 days.

Specialty NameOutpatientsDaycasesInpatients
General Medicine4567~
General Surgery287070
Geriatric Medicine92~~
Oral Surgergy 3129~
T & O365165

More information about waiting times

You can find more information about current waiting times for both inpatient and outpatient services at Barnsley Hospital by calling our Appointment centre on 01226 434343.

This page was updated: by Andy Leppard.
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