Estimated outpatient 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 be 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.
61 Weeks
82 weeks
Audiology
Ears and hearing
0
4 weeks
Breast surgery
Surgery for breast/ chest
N/A
1 week
Cardiology
Heart conditions and care
30 Weeks
26 weeks
Children’s Services
All services for children and their parents including paediatrics
12 Weeks
15 weeks
Colorectal
Disorders of the rectum, anus and colon
0
not booking routine patients
Dermatology
Skin conditions
48 Weeks
21 weeks
Diabetes
Supporting patients who have diabetes, are pre-diabetic and associated conditions
 
0
Dietetics
Diet, health and nutrition
8 Weeks
No clinics
Ears, Nose and Throat
Ears, nose, throat
15 Weeks
56 weeks
Endocrine
The circulatory system
20 Weeks
0
Gastroenterology
The digestive system
66 Weeks
71 weeks
General Medicine (Lipids)
N/A
47 weeks
Gynaecology
Women’s reproductive health
0
11 weeks
Haematology
Blood disorders
6 Weeks
6
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic
Liver, gall bladder, bile duct and pancreas
N/A
0
Nephrology
Kidneys
20 Weeks
25 weeks
Neurology
Nerves
20 Weeks
15 weeks
Occupational Therapy
N/A
4
Older Peoples Services
Services for older people, including medical, social and emotional needs
2 Weeks
6 weeks
Ophthalmology
Eyes
28 Weeks
0
Oral Surgery
Surgery for the mouth and jaw
4 Weeks
13 weeks
Orthodontics
Teeth and jaw alignment
N/A
Booked as Requested
Orthoptics)
Eyes and eye muscles
0
0
Orthotics
Medical devices such as braces and splints
0
0
Pain Management
N/A
Booked by Dept.
Physiology
 
 
Clinical Physiology
0
0
Neurophysiology
0
7
Respiratory Physiology
0
 
Physiotherapy
Treatment using physical, external methods such as heat treatment and exercise
3 Weeks
10
Plastics Surgery
Repair and reconstructing damaged tissue and skin
N/A
2.5 weeks
Rehabilitation
General rehabilitation
4 Weeks
N/A
Respiratory
Breathing and the respiratory organs
27 Weeks
12 weeks
Rheumatology
Pain and inflammation of joints and musculoskeletal system
10 Weeks
4 weeks
Speech and Language therapy
Speech and language therapy
2 Weeks
0
Spinal
Spinal issues
15 weeks
24 weeks
Stroke
 
23 weeks
TIA (stroke)
0
 
Trauma and Orthopaedic Lower Limb
Trauma and orthopaedic specialists for lower limbs (legs, knees, ankles, feet)
64 Weeks
30 weeks
Trauma and Orthopaedic Upper Limb
Trauma and orthopaedic specialists for upper limbs (shoulders, arms, hands)
52 Weeks
37 weeks
Upper GI
Stomach and Intestines
0
80 weeks
Urology
Urinary tract systems and male reproductive organs
11 Weeks
48 weeks
Vascular
Vascular system (arteries, veins and lymphatic circulation)
43 Weeks
46 weeks
Medical Imaging
 
 
X-ray
Urgent & 2ww – up to 4 days
Routine – 3 weeks
0
CT scan
2ww – within 2 weeks
CTC – within 2 – 3 weeks
Urgent – 3 – 4 weeks
Routine – within 6 weeks
0
MRI scan
Routine – 6-7 weeks,
Urgent – 3 weeks
2ww – 3-4 days
0
Ultra Sound
Consultant 2WW – 8 days
Routine = 9 days
Sonographers 2ww = 3 days
Routine = 3 days
0

 

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