The maximum time for any treatment to start
If your GP refers you to our hospitals we aim to see you as soon as possible.
Nationally, the maximum waiting time from referral by your GP to the start of treatment is 52 weeks (unless your GP suspects you have cancer – see Maximum waiting times for cancer for more information).
We have set ourselves a target that no patients will wait more than 40 weeks even for the most specialist treatments which only hospitals such as Guy’s and St Thomas’ provide.
What's the standard?
No patient should have to wait more than 52 weeks for their treatment to start – and most patients will have their treatment much more quickly.
How are we doing?
We failed to meet the standard in December 2017. We are working hard to avoid this happening, for example by increasing weekend and evening work.
This measure includes a number of patients who have chosen to wait longer for a more convenient treatment date.
Find out more
For more information about waiting times, see NHS Choices.
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Page last updated: March 1 2018