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NHS Waiting times

Kingdoey

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Hi all,

have been referred to ENT in the UK for non urgent consultation. Anyone have a rough idea of waiting times for a hospital appt.I know they vary by hospital but just a general guide.
Used to be 18 weeks (as it says on the NhS website), however with everything going on at the moment I have a feeling it might be longer.
Any insight much appreciated
 

Cuchculan

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Waiting times over in the UK are similar enough to here in Ireland. They want people to show up for appointments. Many were not doing so over here. But it depends on how serious, what you are going to have done is. If it is something that has to be done urgently, they will have you in quickly. If it is something that is deemed not that important, there might be a longer wait. So they have a sort of pecking order. Important things done first. You might think it is important. As we all would. But it all comes down to them and if they think it needs to done quickly or not. Lot of new rules in the hospitals too. Nobody can go with you. Must be there at the exact time. Certain sections of the hospital have 1 person in that area at a time. When you leave, another will enter. When it does happen, be on time. Or you might be made wait for another day or three. Just trying to have less people sitting around the place. Blue, paper like face mask only. Hospitals are not allowing any other type.
 

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Waiting times over in the UK are similar enough to here in Ireland. They want people to show up for appointments. Many were not doing so over here. But it depends on how serious, what you are going to have done is. If it is something that has to be done urgently, they will have you in quickly. If it is something that is deemed not that important, there might be a longer wait. So they have a sort of pecking order. Important things done first. You might think it is important. As we all would. But it all comes down to them and if they think it needs to done quickly or not. Lot of new rules in the hospitals too. Nobody can go with you. Must be there at the exact time. Certain sections of the hospital have 1 person in that area at a time. When you leave, another will enter. When it does happen, be on time. Or you might be made wait for another day or three. Just trying to have less people sitting around the place. Blue, paper like face mask only. Hospitals are not allowing any other type.
thanks for reply. Yes as stated it is non urgent. I was referred a few years ago under an urgent pathway and was seen within a week. Now however is classed as non urgent. As i say the nhs site says 18 weeks but i can imagine it will be longer at the moment. Might just go private
 

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i know people here who were giving appointments for a year from now. The wait is a bit too long. As they don't see it as important, they are not in a mad rush to do it. Private would cost. But if you think it has to be done quickly, it may be the best option.
 
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