HC Deb 06 August 1975 vol 897 cc248-9W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average waiting period for persons seeking an appointment with a consultant under the National Health Service in the Macclesfield and Congleton area; and if she will list the figures for each category.

Dr. Owen

Averages are misleading as patients requiring urgent treatment are seen without delay and waiting times for others vary according to the circumstances of the individual case and the situation in the clinics of the consultants concerned. At the present time the waiting times for non-urgent outpatient consultations at hospitals in the Macclesfield health district in the following specialties are:

General Medicine 1–3 weeks
General Surgery 14–25 weeks
Paediatrics 8 weeks
Orthopaedics 10–18 weeks
Dermatology 2–4 weeks
Geriatrics 5 weeks
Ear Nose and Throat 4–18 weeks
Ophthalmology 5–14 weeks
Dental Surgery 1 week
Gynaecology 2–9 weeks
Psychiatry 2 weeks

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