NHS Scotland

Information on waiting times for NHS Scotland

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 January 2022 to 31 March 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 January 2022 to 31 March 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 6 September 2022. This will show waiting times from 1 April 2022 to 30 June 2022.

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Waiting times in NHS Scotland

Anaesthetics

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 366

Median waiting time:

  • 21 weeks
Cardiothoracic Surgery

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 673

Median waiting time:

  • 4 weeks
Clinical Radiology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 64

Median waiting time:

  • 2 weeks
Ear, Nose and Throat

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 2370

Median waiting time:

  • 9 weeks
Gastroenterology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 551

Median waiting time:

  • 3 weeks
General Surgery

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 9116

Median waiting time:

  • 6 weeks
Gynaecology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 2747

Median waiting time:

  • 6 weeks
Infectious Diseases

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 124

Median waiting time:

  • 1 week
Neurology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 117

Median waiting time:

  • 3 weeks
Ophthalmology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 9022

Median waiting time:

  • 12 weeks
Orthopaedics

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 6212

Median waiting time:

  • 20 weeks
Paediatric Surgery

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 556

Median waiting time:

  • 9 weeks
Plastic Surgery

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 2267

Median waiting time:

  • 4 weeks
Respiratory Medicine

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 549

Median waiting time:

  • 1 week
Urology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 4247

Median waiting time:

  • 6 weeks
Cardiology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 2397

Median waiting time:

  • 8 weeks
Clinical Oncology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 740

Median waiting time:

  • 2 weeks
Community Dental Practice

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 545

Median waiting time:

  • 6 weeks
Endocrinology and Diabetes

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 159

Median waiting time:

  • 4 weeks
General Medicine

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 260

Median waiting time:

  • 1 week
GP

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 53

Median waiting time:

  • 1 week
Haematology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 428

Median waiting time:

  • 1 week
Medical Oncology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 673

Median waiting time:

  • 2 weeks
Neurosurgery

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 534

Median waiting time:

  • 9 weeks
Oral Surgery

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 164

Median waiting time:

  • 8 weeks
Paediatric Dentistry

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 422

Median waiting time:

  • 12 weeks
Paediatrics

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 181

Median waiting time:

  • 2 weeks
Renal Medicine

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 160

Median waiting time:

  • 3 weeks
Rheumatology

Number of patients admitted for treatment:

  • 120

Median waiting time:

  • 4 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.

Further information on keeping well