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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-19778: ()

Date lodged: 6 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the average waiting time is for a new outpatient urology appointment at NHS Tayside; what action is being taken to reduce this, and how many people are waiting for an appointment.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 28 November 2018

NHS Tayside have indicated that the median waiting time for a new outpatient urology appointment within NHS Tayside based on completed waits in September 2018, was 20 weeks. The Board currently have 2,077 new outpatients waiting for a Urology appointment with 671 of these having received appointment dates.

NHS Tayside are developing plans to deliver improved and sustainable access and performance. As part of their Integrated Clinical Strategy, a review of how Urology Services across the region should be provided has commenced. NHS Tayside are working with clinical teams to develop a long term sustainable plan which will deliver the capacity required to meet demand for urological services going forward. The Scottish Government has also made an additional £50 million available this year to NHS Boards with NHS Tayside receiving £3.9 million to reduce the number of patients experiencing exceptionally long waits.