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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-15843: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 9 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many NHS Lothian orthopaedic patients have been waiting (a) 12 weeks to six months, (b) six months to one year and (c) more than one year to be seen. 

Answered by: Shona Robison 4 June 2018

The information requested is provided in the following tables.

I recognise some patients in Lothian are experiencing long waits including in the specialty of orthopaedics, that is why I have made £50 million available to NHSScotland in 2017-18 - with up to £7.4 million being made available to Lothian. This additional funding is likely to be continued this year and will build up their capacity and make sure that all patients are seen and treated in a timely fashion.

The Board are also taking a number of actions to improve orthopaedic waiting times for patients this includes redesigning their Muscoloskeletal Allied Health Professional service to ensure that patients with foot and ankle and upper limb conditions are seen by the most appropriate healthcare professional in the right place in a more timely manner.

Number Of New Outpatients Waiting In NHS Lothian For Orthopaedics At 31 December 2017

Indicator

31 December 2017

Number waiting >12 weeks and <=26 weeks

2,417

Number waiting > 26 weeks and <=52 weeks

1,773

Number waiting >52 weeks

149

Source: ISD Scotland: Waiting Time Warehouse

 

Number Of Inpatients and Day Cases Waiting In NHS Lothian For Orthopaedics at 31 December 2017

Indicator

31 December 2017

Number waiting >12 weeks and <=26 weeks

428

Number waiting > 26 weeks and <=52 weeks

80

Number waiting >52 weeks

1

Source: ISD Scotland: Waiting Time Warehouse