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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00932: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 20 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what the average waiting time was to receive a hearing aid in each year since 1999, broken down by NHS board.

Answered by: Shona Robison 13 July 2016

Audiology Services is included in the Scottish Government’s target that no patient should wait more than 18 weeks from a GP referral to start of treatment since the end of 2011.

Information on the average waiting time to receive a hearing aid is not collected centrally. However we have provided information on the median wait for the fitting of a hearing in each quarter from March 2010 (first published data) to March 2016 (latest available published data) by NHS board in the following table.

Median waiting time (weeks) for the fitting of hearing aids by board

NHS Board

Mar

2010

 

Mar

2011

 

Mar

2012

Mar

2013

Mar

2014

Mar

2015

Mar

2016

Ayrshire and Arran

-

0

6

6

4

6

8

Borders

6

5

5

5

5

7

10

Dumfries and Galloway

11

0

5

6

6

6

7

Fife

-

0

-

0

-

0

0

Forth Valley

-

0

5

2

6

5

4

Grampian

5

5

4

4

3

3

2

Greater Glasgow and Clyde

6

7

7

7

7

7

9

Highland

-

4

3

4

3

6

5

Lanarkshire

4

3

2

4

3

4

4

Lothian

0

16

7

7

8

7

7

Orkney

2

3

3

3

3

3

0

Shetland

4

7

6

4

3

2

3

Tayside

-

5

4

5

5

4

6

Western Isles

-

21

5

4

2

6

6

Source: Information Services Division Scotland

a - denotes no patients were seen that month.

b 0 denotes that the 50% of patients were seen in less than seven days.