18 Weeks - Delivering the 18 week Patient Pathway
All services within the Trust work to a target to see and treat patients as quickly as possible and within 18 weeks of receipt of the referral.
What is the 18 Week Pathway?
In the early 1990s waits of more than six months for a first outpatient appointment were not uncommon, and tens of thousands of people waited more than two years for an operation. But since December 2008, the longest you should wait after being referred by your GP until you start your treatment is 18 weeks - that is, unless you choose to delay treatment or there is a clinical reason why you should wait longer.
Wherever possible, you will wait less than this, with the average wait being around eight weeks. Any hospital appointments, tests, scans or other procedures that you may need before being treated will all happen within this maximum time limit.
18 weeks is about delivering the right care, at the right time, of the right quality and without unnecessary delays.