Departmental and surgical wait times

 

Once we receive your referral from your GP, it goes through a process called ‘triage’ where we look to see the best way forward for you.

The three options at this stage are:

  • To send you for an appointment with a doctor/ nurse or other specialist for you
  • To send you for more testing, such as X-ray, MRI scan or other testing
  • To send advice and guidance to your GP and allow them to lead your care

 

 

For an appointment or testing, you will contacted as soon as possible to offer you an appointment for the soonest time available. You will receive a confirmation letter of your appointment, which will tell you the day, date and time of the appointment. You may be asked to attend hospital for a face-to-face appointment or a virtual clinic, either over the telephone or using video calling technology such as Zoom.

We have a more detailed waiting time guide (as below) for the different departments, which is slightly different dependent on which hospital you need to visit or speak to.

Your specific waiting time will depend on your personal circumstances, your health, and the department that you need to see.

 

What to do while you are waiting

For advice and practical support to help you and those you care for stay well while waiting for surgery, visit:

Suffolk and North East Essex Wellbeing Support Services (sneewellbeing.org.uk).

Some further information to help you while you are waiting, visit:

 

What to do if your symptoms get worse

If your symptoms get worse while you are waiting for your appointment, test or operation, you should contact your GP or NHS 111 for advice.

For more information about the services that we have, please see Services – East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (esneft.nhs.uk)

 

More Information

Outpatients – East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (esneft.nhs.uk)

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) – East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (esneft.nhs.uk)

 

Service/Procedures
Description
Colchester Hospital waiting time (weeks) for first appointment
Ipswich Hospital waiting time (weeks) for first appointment
General Surgery
Within general surgery, you could be having any of the below surgeries.
69 weeks
62 weeks
Audiology
Ears and hearing
1 weeks
2 weeks
Breast surgery
Surgery for breast/ chest
0 weeks
4 weeks
Cardiology
Heart conditions and care
22 weeks
20 weeks
Children’s Services
All services for children and their parents including paediatrics
28 weeks
7 weeks
Colorectal
Disorders of the rectum, anus and colon
10 weeks
47 weeks
Dermatology
Skin conditions
58 weeks
28 weeks
Diabetes
Supporting patients who have diabetes, are pre-diabetic and associated conditions
0 weeks
16 weeks
Dietetics
Diet, health and nutrition
6 weeks
25 weeks
Ears, Nose and Throat
Ears, nose, throat
13 weeks
41 weeks
Endocrine
The circulatory system
13 weeks
26 weeks
Gastroenterology
The digestive system
40 weeks
44 weeks
General Medicine (Lipids)
Not available at Colchester Hospital
27 weeks
Gynaecology
Women’s reproductive health
25 weeks
20 weeks
Haematology
Blood disorders
4 weeks
4 weeks
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic
Liver, gall bladder, bile duct and pancreas
Not available at Colchester Hospital
6 weeks
Nephrology
Kidneys
26 weeks
19 weeks
Neurology
Nerves
23 weeks
13 weeks
Occupational Therapy
Not available at Colchester Hospital
4 weeks
Older Peoples Services
Services for older people, including medical, social and emotional needs
12 weeks
8 weeks
Ophthalmology
Eyes
19 weeks
6 weeks
Oral Surgery
Surgery for the mouth and jaw
7 weeks
8 weeks
Orthodontics
Teeth and jaw alignment
Not available at Colchester Hospital
4 weeks
Orthoptics)
Eyes and eye muscles
12 weeks
20 weeks
Orthotics
Medical devices such as braces and splints
4 week
0 weeks
Pain Management
Not available at Colchester Hospital
30 weeks
Physiology
Clinical Physiology
4 weeks
0 weeks
Neurophysiology
6 weeks
7 weeks
Respiratory Physiology
5 weeks
0 weeks
Physiotherapy
Treatment using physical, external methods such as heat treatment and exercise
3 weeks
10 weeks
Plastics Surgery
Repair and reconstructing damaged tissue and skin
Not available at Colchester Hospital
2.5 weeks
Rehabilitation
General rehabilitation
12 weeks
Not available at Ipswich Hospital
Respiratory
Breathing and the respiratory organs
33 weeks
14 weeks
Rheumatology
Pain and inflammation of joints and musculoskeletal system
11 weeks
21 weeks
Speech and Language therapy
Speech and language therapy
9 weeks
7 weeks
Spinal
Spinal issues
11 weeks
18 weeks
Stroke
0 weeks
6 weeks
TIA (stroke)
2 days
0 weeks
Trauma and Orthopaedic Lower Limb
Trauma and orthopaedic specialists for lower limbs (legs, knees, ankles, feet)
54 weeks
30 weeks
Trauma and Orthopaedic Upper Limb
Trauma and orthopaedic specialists for upper limbs (shoulders, arms, hands)
34 weeks
20 weeks
Upper GI
Stomach and Intestines
20 weeks
44 weeks
Urology
Urinary tract systems and male reproductive organs
19 weeks
22 weeks
Vascular
Vascular system (arteries, veins and lymphatic circulation)
15 weeks
26 weeks
Medical Imaging
X-ray
5 weeks
3 weeks
CT scan
6 weeks
13 weeks
MRI scan
4 weeks
16 weeks
Ultra Sound
6 weeks
Up to 16 weeks

 

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