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Audiology

Waiting Times

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Audiology Waiting Times

Latest Publications

Published: 27 May 2014
NHS Waiting Times - Audiology
Publication Summary Download pdf file [85kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [270kb]
Published: 25 February 2014
Waiting Times - Audiology
Publication Summary Download pdf file [85kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [274kb]
Published: 26 November 2013
Waiting Times - Audiology
Publication Summary Download pdf file [85kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [215kb]

Introduction

Audiology Waiting Times are an important indicator of NHS Scotland's response to demand for Audiology services. Audiology services are measured as part of the 18 Weeks Referral to Treatment Standard.

The different 'stages' of the journey from Referral to Treatment are measured and recorded separately. These stages are;

  • for a first contact appointment
  • from assessment to fitting of hearing aid(s)
  • from assessment to treatment (where treatment is other than fitting of a hearing aid)
  • from fitting of hearing aid(s) to review (this final stage is not subject to the 18 weeks referral to treatment standard)
  • One-stop clinic (assessment and treatment at the same appointment)

From January 2011 the option to record ‘one-stop’ patients separately was introduced.

Please see the Data Definitions section for more information.

These 'stages' of the journey are an indicator of progress towards the 18 weeks referral to treatment standard.

Please see the links on the left for more information on Audiology Waiting times.

Submission guidance for data providers

Audiology NHS Board Return Template to include One Stops - January 2011Download Excel file [70Kb] should be used by NHS Boards when submitting data to ISD. Audiology Waiting Times Monthly Data Submission GuidanceDownload PDF file [20Kb] should be used to ensure data submitted to ISD is in the correct format. NHS Boards please note that no field should be left blank; if your Board does have a one-stop service but does not provide data at this time please use the code "SP". Also please note the weeks groupings: 1 week = 7-13 days, 2 weeks = 14-20 days, etc. Submissions should be emailed to nss.isdwaittimessubmissions@nhs.net.

Current Standard

Audiology services are measured as part of the 18 weeks referral to treatment standard. The Scottish Government has determined that the 18 weeks RTT target should be delivered for at least 90% of patients. For more information on this standard please see the 18 Weeks RTT page.


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