Fewer waiting for diagnostic tests

From Public Health Scotland today:

The percentage of patients who had been waiting over 13 weeks for a radiology test decreased from 8.1% at 31 March 2021 to 5.5% (4,423 patients, -1,430) at 30 June 2021.

The percentage of patients who had been waiting over 52 weeks for an endoscopy decreased from 13.6% at 31 March 2021 to 10.2% (3,517 patients, -1,032) at 30 June 2021.Β 

https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/nhs-waiting-times-diagnostics/diagnostic-waiting-times-waits-for-key-diagnostic-tests-31-august-2021

3 thoughts on “Fewer waiting for diagnostic tests

  1. Most of what i now state is true
    As for what you make of it
    Is entirely upto to you
    Early July my wife attended her GP appointment and given her medical history and upon examination the GP
    said he was going to make a phone call
    When the call was ended he informed she would receive a package in the post very soon
    A package arrived 3 days later c/w a appointment date 8 days later and the sachets of diuretics to take 24 hrs prior a endosopsy
    Upon receipt i telephoned and e mailed
    BBC Scotland with this news
    They said someone would make contact ASAP
    No more than 2 hrs after communicating with them
    There cane a knock upon my door
    Upon opening i was greeted with a lovely smiling nurse armed with a straight jacket
    Also behind her were obviously 2 well trained heavies
    It is only now i have recovered from this ordeal
    Fortunately as far as wife concerned not only did the endoscopy show nothing of a serious nature but she was also relieved
    Of my odious disturbing company for a considerable time
    BBC are indeed a most useful organisation whilst acting in the interest of public health and safety

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  2. All of that said, when you experience this kind of delay it is unpleasant.
    Since just after New Year, I have had quite a large, but painless lump on my left ankle – just above the ankle bone (the one that sticks out on the inside).
    I was initially referred to the GP’s Physio, who, after a bit of humming and hawing, saw me as trying to get an idea over the phone of what was going on was difficult to impossible. When I did see the Physio, she just freaked – she hadnt seen anything like this before – and went next door to get an actual Doctor, who did a better job of not looking surprised but still freaked. Their decision was that I should be referred to Ortho at the local hospital. Just so I left with a song in my heart the Doctor told the Physio, who was doing the referral, to mention the possibility of cancer.
    So, a remarkably small number of weeks (end March?) later I had an appointment to see an Ortho consultant, who took one look at it and diagnosed a ganglion, which is a non-cancerous cist that often grows on the site of an earlier injury and fills up with synovial fluid. The consultant asked me if I wanted it cut out. I said I thought I would – which as things turned out was just as well.
    That day I was sent off for an x-ray which showed nothing wrong at all. The consultant said I would need an ultrasound scan (sort of thing a woman gets while pregnant), but that this could take a bit of time. It certainly did – to the beginning of August and even then at Stobhill (I live in Dumbarton, so other side of Glasgow completely – also in Springburn which I hate because I ALWAYS get lost up there – and did).
    The scan showed a tendonosis, which is a degenerative injury to a tendon, usually caused by over use, and when I see the consultant again – beginning of October – no doubt some treatment plan will be put in place.
    So from presentation in January, it took till end March to see a consultant, early August for the scan which was needed which showed that the consultant was quite wrong with his diagnosis, and it will take another six weeks to speak to him (on the phone). Had I just said “no leave it”, I would have been left with this injury.
    As it is, the lump is still there, so the tendon (as the Doc at Stobhill put it) feeling “not very happy” and other tendons in my ankle are “complaining” (eg achilles) if I do too much.
    Still, one good thing is that once upon a time, they used to deal with ganglions by hitting them in order to burst the cist – at least that wont happen! Phew.
    The morale of this story is that queues in the NHS arent quite the same as the queue at Tesco.

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