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Waiting times for diagnostic tests 

If one of our hospital doctors arranges for you to have a diagnostic test, you should have your test within six weeks. This includes tests such as an MRI or CT scan or an endoscopy procedure.

Simple x-rays and blood tests are not part of this measure, but should also be done quickly.

What's the standard?

Less than 1% of patients should wait more than six weeks for a diagnostic test.

How are we doing?

Our recent performance:

  • December 2019 – 1.5% of our patients waited more than six weeks for a diagnostic test
  • November – 4.9%
  • October – 6.2%.

Find out more

For more information about waiting times, see the NHS website.

Got a question?

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of our patients waited more than six weeks for a diagnostic test in December 2019.

How you can help us

Man having radiotherapy 

We aim to keep all waiting times to an absolute minimum.

You can help us by letting us know immediately if you are unable to keep your appointment.

We will then offer you an alternative date and give your appointment to another patient. 

You can change your appointment online or by phone.

Page last updated: February 4 2020