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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19936: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the average waiting time has been for a specialist neurology appointment in each NHS health board in each year since 2007.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 21 December 2018

The following tables provide the average waiting times for Neurology in days across all NHS territorial NHS Boards from 2007 to 2017.

In March 2010, the national standard for new outpatients changed from 15 weeks for General Practitioner/General Dental Practitioner referrals only, to a standard of 12 weeks for all sources of referrals. This has therefore been illustrated in the two tables.

For 2017 the data for two NHS Boards (NHS Ayrshire and Arran and NHS Tayside) is limited due to technical issues with providing data to the ISD Waiting Times warehouse and are not included in the NHSScotland total for that year.

Table 1

NHS Board

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

NHS Scotland

55

56

61

62

68

72

75

86

Ayrshire & Arran

70

82

81

84

105

85

102

..

Borders

49

55

71

67

41

67

51

85

Dumfries & Galloway

64

38

57

62

31

132

83

77

Fife

46

44

53

51

72

88

130

131

Forth Valley

73

68

71

104

79

72

96

125

Grampian

54

41

51

49

59

81

62

105

Greater Glasgow & Clyde

55

54

57

63

72

77

82

91

Highland

57

63

52

52

78

66

42

133

Lanarkshire

79

83

93

90

91

99

82

90

Lothian

40

49

49

49

49

48

51

51

Orkney

66

81

60

41

0

0

0

0

Shetland

0

0

0

0

10

7

0

13

Tayside

56

58

63

65

71

85

83

..

Western Isles

29

58

36

55

67

61

36

30

Source: ISD Waiting Times Warehouse (all source referrals)

 

Table 2

NHS Board

2008

2009

NHS Scotland

61

56

Ayrshire & Arran

66

60

Borders

60

60

Dumfries & Galloway

76

47

Fife

70

54

Forth Valley

89

73

Grampian

56

52

Greater Glasgow & Clyde

64

55

Highland

56

56

Lanarkshire

97

81

Lothian

37

44

Orkney

92

60

Shetland

0

0

Tayside

64

55

Western Isles

53

53

Source: ISD Waiting Times Warehouse (GP/GDP referrals)