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S5W-19424: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many people are waiting for (a) urgent and (b) non-urgent operations or procedures at the Edinburgh Western General Hospital urology hub; what the average waiting time is, and what action is being taken to reduce this.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 1 November 2018

The number of patients on the waiting list on 30 June 2018 - latest published information - for an urology operations or procedure at Edinburgh Western General Hospital was 922 of which 363 had been categorised by the referrer as urgent and 559 as routine. In the quarter ending 30 June 2018 the median wait for a urology patient to receive inpatient or day case procedure was 65 days.

I am aware that patients requiring treatment across Scotland, including the urology service at Edinburgh Western General Hospital, is below the level I expect which is why I published on 23 October 2018, the Waiting Times Improvement Plan to direct more the £850 million investment to substantially and sustainably improve elective care waiting times, including urology, over the next 30 months. The main areas of the Improvement Plan is to increase capacity across the system, increase clinical effectiveness and efficiency as well as designing and implementing new models of care.

There will also be work undertaken to build on the significant additional recruitment and training which is ongoing across medical and nursing professions including enhancing workforce capacity in key specialties including urlogy. I expect that by Spring 2021 that all patients requiring inpatient or day case treatment to be treated within the 12 weeks legal treatment guarantee, including urology patients to be treated in the Edinburgh Western General Hospital.