NHS Lothian Hip and Knee Replacement Waiting Times are amongst the Worst in Scotland
A Freedom of Information (FoI) request lodged by Lothian MSP Miles Briggs has revealed the extent of the waiting time crisis for hip and knee replacements in NHS Lothian. NHS Lothian has the worst waiting times across NHS Scotland and its joint replacement waiting times are amongst the longest.
The waiting time to see a consultant in NHS Lothian is on average 247 days for a routine appointment and an average of 77 days to have the operation, a total of 324 days. For an urgent appointment the average waiting time is 65 days to see a consultant and 48 days to have the operation, a total of 113 days. However, for an urgent appointment 1 in 10 patients have to wait over 178 days to see a consultant and over 83 days to have the operation, meaning a wait of over 261 days for some patients.
Over the last few of years, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, the waiting times to see hip and knee consultants have only been getting longer. The average waiting time for a routine appointment has gone up from 102 days in 2014/15 to 180 days in 2016/17 and is currently 247 days. The average waiting time for an urgent appointment has risen from 38 days in 2014/15 to 54 days in 2016/17 and is currently 65 days.
Miles Briggs comments:
“It is totally unacceptable that patients have to wait on average 324 days for a hip operation and many waiting over a year.
“What is particularly concerning is that for urgent appointments patients can be waiting over 261, which is far too long, especially as a lot of these patients will be in significant pain.
“This situation has arisen due to the SNP’s ten-year mismanagement of NHS Scotland, lack of a workforce plan and their general incompetency.
“This is yet another example of the Scottish Government failing people in Lothian and something has to change.”