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.
62 weeks
63 weeks
Audiology
Ears and hearing
0
3,5 weeks
Breast surgery
Surgery for breast/ chest
N/A
8 weeks
Cardiology
Heart conditions and care
26 Weeks
17 weeks
Children’s Services
All services for children and their parents including paediatrics
25 Weeks
14 weeks
Colorectal
Disorders of the rectum, anus and colon
0
58 weeks
Dermatology
Skin conditions
52 Weeks
12 weeks
Diabetes
Supporting patients who have diabetes, are pre-diabetic and associated conditions
0
Dietetics
Diet, health and nutrition
10
16 weeks
Ears, Nose and Throat
Ears, nose, throat
22 Weeks
50 weeks
Endocrine
The circulatory system
23 Weeks
0
Gastroenterology
The digestive system
48 Weeks
62 weeks
General Medicine (Lipids)
N/A
47 weeks
Gynaecology
Women’s reproductive health
24 Weeks
23 weeks
Haematology
Blood disorders
6 Weeks
6
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic
Liver, gall bladder, bile duct and pancreas
N/A
0
Nephrology
Kidneys
25 Weeks
17 weeks
Neurology
Nerves
19 Weeks
13 weeks
Occupational Therapy
N/A
4
Older Peoples Services
Services for older people, including medical, social and emotional needs
1 Week
5 weeks
Ophthalmology
Eyes
24 Weeks
0
Oral Surgery
Surgery for the mouth and jaw
4 Weeks
50 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
5
10
Plastics Surgery
Repair and reconstructing damaged tissue and skin
N/A
1.5 weeks
Rehabilitation
General rehabilitation
17
N/A
Respiratory
Breathing and the respiratory organs
29 Weeks
12 weeks
Rheumatology
Pain and inflammation of joints and musculoskeletal system
20 Weeks
9 weeks
Speech and Language therapy
Speech and language therapy
7
0
Spinal
Spinal issues
0
0
Stroke
0
TIA (stroke)
0
Trauma and Orthopaedic Lower Limb
Trauma and orthopaedic specialists for lower limbs (legs, knees, ankles, feet)
65 Weeks
26 weeks
Trauma and Orthopaedic Upper Limb
Trauma and orthopaedic specialists for upper limbs (shoulders, arms, hands)
44 Weeks
38 weeks
Upper GI
Stomach and Intestines
0
62 weeks
Urology
Urinary tract systems and male reproductive organs
18 Weeks
31 weeks
Vascular
Vascular system (arteries, veins and lymphatic circulation)
34 Weeks
46 weeks
Medical Imaging
X-ray
0
0
CT scan
4-6 Weeks
0
MRI scan
4-6 Weeks
0
Ultra Sound
5 Week and 5 Days
0

 

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