Date lodged: 9 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what the average waiting time is to access orthopaedic procedures in NHS Lothian.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 21 January 2019
Latest published data show that the median waiting time in days for elective Orthopaedic inpatients and day cases in NHS Lothian for quarter ending June 2018 was 99 days.
I am aware that too many patients across Scotland, including the Orthopaedic service within NHS Lothian are waiting too long for treatments and appointments. That is why I published the Waiting Times Improvement Plan in October 2018. Overall investment will support reforms to increase capacity, increase clinical effectiveness and efficiency as well as implementing new models of care.
I expect all boards, including NHS Lothian to show improvements by March 2019. So far this year NHS Lothian have received £7.4 million to reduce the number of patients experiencing long waits.