Press release

Statistical press notice: NHS diagnostics waiting times and activity data September 2012

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Diagnostics waiting times and activity - September 2012 Data are published on waiting times and activity for 15 key diagnostic tests for the…

Diagnostics waiting times and activity - September 2012

Data are published on waiting times and activity for 15 key diagnostic tests for the month of September 2012.  The key points are:

At the end of September 2012, there were 633,000 patients still waiting for one of 15 key diagnostic tests, and of these 5,089 were waiting 6 weeks or over from referral.  The number waiting 6 weeks or longer shows a decrease of 1,500 from August 2012, and a decrease of 4,500 from September 2011.

  • The 5,089 waiting over 6 weeks or longer represents 0.8% of all patients waiting for a test.  This compares to 1.1% at the end of August 2012 and 1.7% at the end of September 2011.
  • In total, 1,342,000 of the 15 key diagnostic tests were performed during September 2012, which is almost the same as the same period last year.
  • Tables 1 and 2 (attached) show latest figures on waiting times and activity by test. Table 3 and Graph 1 show trends in waiting times for diagnostic tests.

Detailed tables by provider and commissioner can be found on the Department of Health website.

September12 Diagnostics Stats PN Tables