View Full Version : Waiting times on the NHS

8th September 2004, 11:10 PM
Hey, this is too all who have had any form of treatment on the NHS. I was wondering how bad where the waiting times, like for surgery, appointments or anything? cos I may have to wait up to 18months for surgery. which is a little unfair don't you think!!!!

:hammer: (me bashing the NHS on the head)

8th September 2004, 11:35 PM
i am not sure about sugary
but appointments i do know are bad i have to wait 17 weeks for them just to tell me when the date is ,so good nos when the appointment is
me :twak: nsh
its so unfair you have to wait so long

9th September 2004, 12:36 AM
*hugs* Abbi. Waiting lists suck.

9th September 2004, 12:55 AM
It took about 6 weeks for me to get a referral to the scoliosis clinic in Oxford after initially being diagnosed at the GP's. When the decision was made for surgery to go ahead, it took 9 months. I had an appointment in January, then surgery in October.

9th September 2004, 01:42 AM
WoWerz! 18 months is a long time but i bet it'll come sooooo fast!

9th September 2004, 02:56 AM
:shock: 18 months?? 17 weeks?? I thought it was bad enough when I called in July to get an appt with an Orthopedic surgeon for September!
(guess I'll be counting my blessings)

9th September 2004, 07:51 AM
I'm an Aussie, so I didn't have to wait on the NHS .. but I did have to wait 2 and a half years for my scoliosis surgery on our public health system .. :soapbox:

I used to try and feel better by imagining how bad it would be in countries without health systems .. but that just made me feel sad for the children over there. :woe:

9th September 2004, 09:57 AM

It was different with us as they treat infantile scoliosis as an urgent case, and therefore we get bumped to the front of the queue, in my consultant's words "even moving in front of those with bone tumours". Therefore we were seen the day after he read the referral, and were in hospital 2 weeks later (it would have been sooner but they couldn't get the MRI machine slot at the same time as the plaster team).

18 months is a long time!


9th September 2004, 10:31 AM
I was on an NHS waitiing list for just over 3 years, from 1971-74. This was actually a good thing. I didn't want the surgery, and by the time I reached the top of the list I was old enough that they couldn't do it without my consent.

Please note that, from what I know of current practice, many surgeons now would not do surgery for a case like mine (just over 40 degrees, with no sign of progressing), and others would offer it as an option, but without recommending it as forcefully as mine did

9th September 2004, 11:58 AM
Since I live in Belgium there's no NHS like you know it. I didn't have to wait that long either. I started of by going to my regular specialist for my back (he does surgery, but not on his own, he assisted with mine) that I've had seen when I was younger. That was somewhere in August. He referred me to my surgeon, who I could see in the beginning of September. He said something about having surgery somewhere around October, but I refused because I was in the middle of school and didn't want to miss any of it. He said I could wait untill june, so I had my surgery over the summer break (which is 2.5 months for me).

9th September 2004, 12:51 PM
I'm on the other side of the border to Abbi and we have a similar system to the NHS but I don't think the waiting list is anything like that.If you've been on a waiting list for a year they'll pay for you to have it done privately or overseas.Most kids i think would be operated on within 6 months.I've opted for private medicine and my waiting period was two weeks for a specialist, four weeks for a pulmonary consultant.Only problem is that insurance doesn't cover doctor's fees as an outpatient.Ouch!!

9th September 2004, 02:17 PM
I'm kinna very annoyed that I have to wait so long!!!! I betya if i paid them enough they would do it....my mum is going to call up the hospital next week after she gets her head around the news to see what is up.
A guy she works with has a daughter who had the surgery by the same guy last year, only she didnt want it so by the time she was up a bit in the list they had decided to go for it.
Its kinna good cos my mum has him to talk, he said that you have to keep calling them and telling them your still alive kinna thing!
I think another letter to Mr blair is in order......

9th September 2004, 09:32 PM
I waited 4 years for my first surgery, but that was partly because my horrible consultant (who thankfully doesn't do spine ops any more) had a bee in his bonnet that he wasn't going to do it until I'd done my degree even though I was adamant that I wanted it done between A levels and degree, when it would be easy to take a year out to recover if I needed that long. I didn't finish my degree, and yet he still spun it out and spun it out, until in the end it was done a bare month or so before a degree course would have ended :soapbox:

For my revision surgery I was told to expect a wait of around 8-10 months, in the end I waited 17 months and it would have been somewhat longer if I hadn't kept bugging them, and in the end practically had a breakdown on the phone to the sister in charge of the waiting lists! It's *not* a good situation - the sister told me that there were kids who'd been on the list for over 2 years, and this is at one of the top centres. Then again, better a good surgery that you've had to wait overly long for than a quick but crap surgery at a local hospital by the hip and knee guy I guess.

12th September 2004, 11:15 PM
I don't think I waited that long for my surgeries. No idea how long I had to wait when I had my 1st one, but I think I had 3 months if that for the time I should have originally gone in for my 2nd surgery, I'm sure my consultant was bumping me up the list. Anyway he couldn't get me in for the new year so got me in 2 months later.

I had to wait about 4-6 weeks, if that for an appointment to see the plastic surgeon. That was a referral from my spine consultant so have no idea if that speeds things up any. I make little habit of going the hospital if I have to

15th September 2004, 12:12 AM
I waited 16 months total from being told I needed surgery till anaesthetic. I may have been able to have it done a month or two earlier, but I scheduled it so it missed my GCSEs by a week and didn't land in the middle of them.

I was originally told of a waiting list of 9 months, but I was only put on it when the MRI results came through, the September after the March when I was diagnosed. So a lot of my waiting was for the scan and its results long before the surgery waiting list.