We are sorry if you are experiencing a delay waiting for your clinic appointment or procedure.
In some areas, we are experiencing a significant backlog following our response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are doing everything we can to reduce this backlog including putting on extra clinics and theatre lists and opening additional sites to offer these services. We have also increased the ways we can offer appointments including offering more video and telephone appointments (as well as face to face appointments where appropriate).
The current wait, from the hospital receiving a referral to your first appointment with us, is generally 3-6 months, although this does vary between departments.
You can also find details of our average waiting times, from the hospital receiving a referral, to the patient being treated (including surgery) using the My Planned Care website link.
Please can we request that you do not contact your GP practice about waiting times, as they do not have access to this information.
Preparing for your appointment, procedure or surgery? You can take steps to improve your health while you wait
One of the best things you can do to improve your peace of mind and be sure that your procedure and recovery goes smoothly, is to make sure that your health is as good as possible beforehand.
You wouldn't run a marathon without training first and preparing for surgery is no different. Surgery can take a huge toll on your body but the fitter you are before you go in, the quicker you will recover.
If you are living with an ongoing health condition, there are many ways in which you can look after yourself. This website has some advice and guidance which may help you to cope with your condition.