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Waiting Times

This page was last updated: November 11th, 2022

Waiting times for NHS services have increased significantly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic across the country. While many aspects of day-to-day life are returning to how they were before the pandemic, COVID-19 still impacts our local NHS services. Our hospitals are under increased pressure and there is still a very high demand for healthcare services and hospital beds across Cornwall.

All patients waiting are prioritised according to their clinical need by our clinical staff and we are doing our utmost to ensure you get the treatment you require as soon as possible. We are reviewing patients who have been waiting a long time as we know some people’s conditions, needs and treatment wishes will change over time.

Patients will be treated according to their clinical priority:

  • Suspected cancer referrals – we aim that you are seen for your first appointment within 14 days of your referral being received.
  • Urgent – you will be prioritised over routine referrals, but the waiting times for patients who are considered urgent will vary from specialty to specialty.
  • Routine – you will be treated in chronological order from the date your referral was made or received.

The current wait times for treatment are available below.

Appointment waiting times

Waiting times for NHS services have increased significantly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic across Cornwall and the rest of the country. While many aspects of day-to-day life are returning to how they were before the pandemic, COVID-19 still impacts our local NHS services. Our hospitals are under increased pressure and there is still a very high demand for healthcare services and hospital beds across Cornwall.

We are taking a number of steps to try and improve this situation and our teams are working hard to see you as quickly as we possibly can. We are reviewing patients who have been waiting a long time as we know some people’s conditions, needs and treatment wishes will change over time. All patients waiting are prioritised according to their clinical need and we are doing our utmost to ensure you get the treatment you require as soon as possible.

The current wait times for treatment are available below.

First Outpatient Appointment Waiting Times

90% of our patients have their first outpatient appointment within the times detailed below:

Service Weeks
Audiology 11
Anticoagulant Service 20
Breast Surgery 9
Cardiac Physiology Service 24
Cardiology 32
Chemical Pathology 13
Clinical Immunology 42
Clinical Neurophysiology 8
Clinical Oncology 8
Clinical Psychology 55
Community Paediatrics 41
Dermatology 22
Diabetic Medicine 26
Diagnostic Imaging 18
Dietetics 37
Endocrinology 33
ENT 20
Eyes (Ophthalmology) 26
Fetal Medicine Service 7
Gastroenterology 28
Gastrointestinal Physiology Service 15
General Surgery 41
Geriatric Medicine 23
Gynaecology 36
Gynaecology Oncology 3
Haematology (clinical) 9
Hepatology 19
Midwife Episode 4
Nephrology 16
Neurology 41
Occupational Therapy 37
Ophthalmic and Vision Science Service 17
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service 19
Orthodontics 50
Orthoptics 14
Paediatric Audiological Medicine 13
Paediatric Surgery 37
Paediatrics 31
Paediatrics Neurodisability 42
Pain Management 27
Physiotherapy 27
Post-COVID-19 Syndrome Service 14
Rehabilitation 18
Respiratory Medicine 35
Respiratory Physiology 39
Rheumatology 15
Trauma and Orthopaedic Service 42
Urological Physiology Service 10
Urology 43
Vascular surgery 12

Diagnostic Waiting Times

90% of our patients have their diagnostic test within the times detailed below:

Service Weeks
Audiology – Audiology Assessments 8
Cardiology – Echocardiography 19
Colonoscopy 17
Computed Tomography 27
Cystoscopy 6
Dexa Scan 7
Flexi Sigmoidoscopy 6
Gastroscopy 9
Imaging 21
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 21
Neurophysiology 6
Non-Obstetric Ultrasound 18
Urodynamics – Pressures & flows 8

Referral To Treatment Times

These are the current wait times for treatment. Waiting times start as soon as we have received a referral from your GP, optician, dentist or other clinician, and end when you have had treatment or a decision not to treat is made.

Service Weeks
Bariatric Surgery Service 72
Breast Surgery 22
Cardiology 48
Chemical Pathology 10
Clinical Immunology 37
Clinical Neurophysiology 27
Clinical Oncology 18
Colorectal Surgery 68
Community Paediatrics 40
Dermatology 32
Diabetic Medicine 22
Diagnostic Imaging 15
Endocrinology 26
ENT 35
Gastroenterology 23
Gastrointestinal Physiology Service 42
General Surgery 42
Geriatric Medicine 27
Gynaecology 50
Gynaecology Oncology 11
Haematology (clinical) 15
Hepatology 19
Nephrology 13
Neurology 65
Ophthalmic and Vision Science Service 25
Ophthalmology 26
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service 30
Orthodontics 33
Paediatric Cardiology 35
Paediatric Neurology 45
Paediatric Surgery 35
Paediatric Urology 46
Paediatrics 27
Pain Management 22
Rehabilitation 18
Respiratory Medicine 27
Respiratory Physiology 37
Rheumatology 17
Sleep Medicine Service 32
Trauma and Orthopaedic Service 59
Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery 67
Urological Physiology Service 23
Urology 43
Vascular surgery 41

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