NHS Lothian

Information on waiting times in NHS Lothian

What these statistics show

The following is shown for each specialty in each health board of treatment:

  • how many patients were admitted for treatment between 1 April 2022 to 30 June 2022
  • median wait – one simple way of explaining this is that roughly half of patients waited less than the median and half of patients waited longer

The median aims to provide an indication of a typical length of wait that patients experienced.

About the statistics

These statistics are collated and quality assured by Public Health Scotland.

They were gathered from national data on patients who completed their wait for treatment from 1 April 2022 to 30 June 2022. The statistics for this period are displayed in weeks.

Statistics are not included if there were less than 20 patients admitted for treatment in the period. This is to make sure that the:

  • risk of revealing information about individual patients is minimised
  • number of cases is high enough to provide meaningful statistics

If your waiting time isn't shown here, please visit the Public Health Scotland website for the full release of national statistics. You can also contact your local health board for further information.

The next set of statistics will be published on 29 November 2022. This will show waiting times from 1 July 2022 to 30 September 2022.

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Waiting times in Lothian

Cardiology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 635

Median waiting time: 

  • 13 weeks
Clinical Oncology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 129

Median waiting time: 

  • 2 weeks
Gastroenterology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 70

Median waiting time: 

  • 3 weeks
Gynaecology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 608

Median waiting time: 

  • 5 weeks
Medical Oncology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 161

Median waiting time: 

  • 1 week
Neurosurgery

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 189

Median waiting time: 

  • 7 weeks
Oral Surgery

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 28

Median waiting time: 

  • 35 weeks
Paediatric Dentistry

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 270

Median waiting time: 

  • 22 weeks
Paediatrics

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 33

Median waiting time: 

  • 1 week
Respiratory Medicine

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 42

Median waiting time: 

  • 5 weeks
Urology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 463

Median waiting time: 

  • 10 weeks
Cardiothoracic Surgery

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 185

Median waiting time: 

  • 9 weeks
Ear, Nose and Throat

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 418

Median waiting time: 

  • 13 weeks
General Surgery

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 1501

Median waiting time: 

  • 5 weeks
Haematology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 179

Median waiting time: 

  • 1 week
Neurology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 24

Median waiting time: 

  • 3 weeks
Ophthalmology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 806

Median waiting time: 

  • 10 weeks
Orthopaedics

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 1084

Median waiting time: 

  • 19 weeks
Paediatric Surgery

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 220

Median waiting time: 

  • 28 weeks
Plastic Surgery

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 730

Median waiting time: 

  • 5 weeks
Rheumatology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 34

Median waiting time: 

  • 2 weeks

Help and support with waiting times

Your local health board can provide further information on waiting times. You can also contact them if you have any queries around your waiting time.

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Keeping well

It's important that you try to keep yourself as fit and healthy as possible while you wait for your treatment. This'll give you the best chance of a good recovery afterwards.

Further information on keeping well