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Waiting Times

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Diagnostic Waiting Times

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Published: 29 August 2017
NHS Waiting Times - Diagnostics
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Better Health Better Care published in December 2007, set out a commitment: "the 18 week Referral to Treatment (RTT) standard will address the whole patient care pathway, from receipt of a GP referral, up to the point at which each patient is actually admitted to hospital for treatment".

Diagnostic waiting times are an important component in the delivery of the 18 Weeks RTT commitment as the test or procedure is used to identify a person's condition, disease or injury to enable a medical diagnosis to be made.

Current Standard

On 31st March 2009, the Scottish Government set a national standard that patients should be waiting no more than six weeks for one of the eight key diagnostic tests and investigations. A list of these tests and investigations can be found here.

Currently, NHS Boards are working towards local targets that no patient will be waiting more than four weeks for one of the eight key diagnostic tests and investigations.

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