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NHS GREATER GLASGOW STATEMENT ON MEDIAN (AVERAGE) WAITING TIMES AND ASC CODES

May 27, 2004 11:00 AM

NHS Greater Glasgow continues to deliver on waiting time targets.  We have successfully delivered the National Guarantee of no patient waiting more than nine months from December 2003 to March 2004 for inpatient/day case services and are now working towards reaching the six months target by December 2005. 

Between January and March 2004, patients waited an average of 31 days for inpatient/day case admissions (thirteen days less than the Scottish average) and an average of 56 days for outpatient appointments for the same period (two days more than the Scottish average).  In addition, 85% of outpatients in Glasgow were seen within six months compared to 86% for the whole of Scotland.

At our April 2004 Board meeting, the Board of NHS Greater Glasgow agreed to spend an additional £10million to ensure we deliver our waiting time target of no inpatient/day case and out patients waiting more than six months for an appointment by December 2005.

The number of patients waiting with Availability Status Codes (ASCs) decreased by 190 (2%) between December 2003 and March 2004, compared to marginal increase of two patients for Scotland. 


NOTES TO EDITORS:
Patient driven ASCs:
* Where the patient has asked to delay an admission for personal reasons or has refused a reasonable offer of admission.
* Where the patient failed to appear for treatment or informed the Health Service that they were not intending to appear for treatment.
* Patients who have other medical conditions which prevents the accepting an admission date if offered.

Service driven ASCs:
* In individual cases where, after discussion with the patient, the treatment has been judged of a low clinical priority.
* Because the patient requires highly specialised treatments which were identified at the time of placing the patient on the waiting list.
* In circumstances of exceptional strain on the NHS, such as a major disaster, major epidemic or outbreak of infection, disruption caused by industrial action.


Media Inquiries: NHS Greater Glasgow Press Office on 0141 201 4429.

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