NHS Scotland outpatient waiting times

Information on new outpatient waiting times for NHS Scotland

What these statistics show

The following is shown for each specialty:

  • how many patients were seen at an outpatient clinic between 1 July 2022 30 September 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
More information on these statistics

These statistics relate to the wait experienced by patients from 1 July 2022 to 30 September 2022 who were:

  • seen at a new outpatient appointment, or
  • admitted for treatment

About the median wait

The median wait aims to provide the typical length of time patients waited to be seen and complete their wait. This is provided for each health board and speciality so that you can get information on the ones relevant to you.

For patients currently on a waiting list, some will have waited less than the median and others will have waited longer. This'll have been partly influenced by a clinical decision on the urgency of care required.

The wait experienced by patients may vary from the median for a number of reasons, including the:

  • clinical need of the individual
  • availability of services
  • number of patients waiting to be treated

During the pandemic services were often under pressure and only patients with urgent care needs could be treated. This was reflected in shorter median waits. More patients who had their wait delayed are now being seen but waiting time statistics will most likely continue to fluctuate as boards address the backlog of patients waiting for care whilst managing ongoing challenges on capacity.

About the statistics

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

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.

These statistics were gathered from national data on patients who completed their wait for treatment from 1 July to 30 September 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

The next set of statistics will be published on 28 February 2023. This'll show waiting times from 1 October 2022 to 31 December 2022.

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Waiting times in NHS Scotland

Allergy

Number of patients seen:

  • 248

Median waiting time:

  • 15 weeks
Cardiology

Number of patients seen:

  • 11618

Median waiting time:

  • 9 weeks
Chemical Pathology

Number of patients seen:

  • 175

Median waiting time:

  • 8 weeks
Clinical Neurophysiology

Number of patients seen:

  • 586

Median waiting time:

  • 7 weeks
Community Dental Practice

Number of patients seen:

  • 26

Median waiting time:

  • 16 weeks
Ear, Nose and Throat

Number of patients seen:

  • 20504

Median waiting time:

  • 7 weeks
Gastroenterology

Number of patients seen:

  • 8886

Median waiting time:

  • 7 weeks
General Surgery

Number of patients seen:

  • 42041

Median waiting time:

  • 5 weeks
GP

Number of patients seen:

  • 594

Median waiting time:

  • 17 weeks
Haematology

Number of patients seen:

  • 3530

Median waiting time:

  • 3 weeks
Infectious Diseases

Number of patients seen:

  • 1233

Median waiting time:

  • 2 weeks
Neurology

Number of patients seen:

  • 8639

Median waiting time:

  • 13 weeks
Ophthalmology

Number of patients seen:

  • 31639

Median waiting time:

  • 7 weeks
Oral Surgery

Number of patients seen:

  • 3506

Median waiting time:

  • 12 weeks
Orthopaedics

Number of patients seen:

  • 38649

Median waiting time:

  • 4 weeks
Paediatric Surgery

Number of patients seen:

  • 1493

Median waiting time:

  • 7 weeks
Palliative Medicine

Number of patients seen:

  • 276

Median waiting time:

  • 3 weeks
Rehabilitation Medicine

Number of patients seen:

  • 750

Median waiting time:

  • 2 weeks
Respiratory Medicine

Number of patients seen:

  • 9716

Median waiting time:

  • 8 weeks
Rheumatology

Number of patients seen:

  • 6121

Median waiting time:

  • 13 weeks
Anaesthetics

Number of patients seen:

  • 2413

Median waiting time:

  • 9 weeks
Cardiothoracic Surgery

Number of patients seen:

  • 883

Median waiting time:

  • 3 weeks
Clinical Genetics

Number of patients seen:

  • 638

Median waiting time:

  • 5 weeks
Clinical Oncology

Number of patients seen:

  • 4022

Median waiting time:

  • 2 weeks
Dermatology

Number of patients seen:

  • 25260

Median waiting time:

  • 7 weeks
Endocrinology and Diabetes

Number of patients seen:

  • 5141

Median waiting time:

  • 8 weeks
General Medicine

Number of patients seen:

  • 7536

Median waiting time:

  • 1 week
Geriatric Medicine

Number of patients seen:

  • 5134

Median waiting time:

  • 3 weeks
Gynaecology

Number of patients seen:

  • 24090

Median waiting time:

  • 8 weeks
Immunology

Number of patients seen:

  • 60

Median waiting time:

  • 7 weeks
Medical Oncology

Number of patients seen:

  • 1499

Median waiting time:

  • 2 weeks
Neurosurgery

Number of patients seen:

  • 1788

Median waiting time:

  • 8 weeks
Oral Medicine

Number of patients seen:

  • 1097

Median waiting time:

  • 30 weeks
Orthodontics

Number of patients seen:

  • 1074

Median waiting time:

  • 12 weeks
Paediatric Dentistry

Number of patients seen:

  • 907

Median waiting time:

  • 6 weeks
Paediatrics

Number of patients seen:

  • 8121

Median waiting time:

  • 12 weeks
Plastic Surgery

Number of patients seen:

  • 5826

Median waiting time:

  • 5 weeks
Renal Medicine

Number of patients seen:

  • 1185

Median waiting time:

  • 9 weeks
Restorative Dentistry

Number of patients seen:

  • 1122

Median waiting time:

  • 9 weeks
Urology

Number of patients seen:

  • 12165

Median waiting time:

  • 6 weeks

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.

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