Decision Making

Waiting times

Hospital Waiting Times

If your GP needs you to see a specialist for an appointment or treatment, you can choose where to go from a range of NHS, private and independent hospitals across England.

This choice is available because the CCG buys routine inpatient, day-case and outpatient services (referred to as planned or elective care) from a number of hospitals across the country on behalf of the community.

You have the right to start treatment within 18 weeks from referral, unless you choose to wait longer or it's clinically appropriate that you wait longer.

Patients with urgent conditions such as cancer and heart disease will be able to see a specialist more quickly.

Interactive map of RTT waiting times in England

The following map allows you to look at specific specialties, as well as the total figures for RTT waiting times (for planned operations & care). Just click on the specialties drop down list and select the relevant medical team.

If you hover the mouse pointer over one of the coloured dots an information box will pop up about the relevant hospital information like the example below. If you click on the coloured doc a new tab will open up with some more detailed information.


The BBC have produced a web-tracker that lets you check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area.

The most comprehensive source of waiting times information for routine appointments is NHS England's Referral to Treatment Times (RTT) data which is available on their web site. It is the same data that is used for the interactive map above. Please note that it requires you to be familiar with spreadsheets.