Understandably, the NHS has had to prioritise services since the outbreak of COVID-19. We thank people for their ongoing support and patience, but we are not out of the woods yet.
This means we are still having to prioritise those people with the highest risks, for example, those who require urgent cancer treatments. As we continue to work through the challenges COVID has presented, we are doing all that we can to resume services and minimise the time people wait.
For now, we are unable to give exact guidance on how long that will be, but we will continue to keep you informed.
Local Devon clinicians are working together to update and add more useful information to MyHealth-Devon, including links to other websites and support to help you whilst you wait. In addition to specific information about health conditions and problems you can find out more about:
- pain and how to manage your symptoms, including the benefits of keeping moving in the MyHealth’s Pain section.
- understanding and managing low mood, depression and anxiety in the MyHealth depression, low mood and anxiety section which provides information and a useful toolkit of self-help tools. You can also find links here to online and local support services as well as answers to frequently asked questions.
- Health, lifestyle and wellbeing, find links to local Healthy Lifestyles services as well as a quiz providing free tips and advice on healthier living
Useful apps and tools to support you managing your health.
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 waiting times in England
The following map allows you to look at specific specialties, as well as the total figures for 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.