3 out of 10 chronic pain patients in Scotland waiting too long for treatment are in NHS Grampian


189 of 653 patients still waiting for their first appointment at a chronic pain clinic, after more than 18 weeks, in Scotland fall under NHS Grampian. According to figures for the first quarter of 2019, published today by NHS Scotland’s Information Services Division.

Only 21.2% of patients referred to an NHS Grampian clinic for chronic pain received their first appointment within 18 weeks during that period, with 189 people still on the waiting list for a first appointment 18 weeks after being referred. With some patients waiting 34 weeks or more for treatment.

 

For the first quarter of 2019, no other health board had a higher percentage of people waiting more than 18 weeks to be seen.

 

North East Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles said: “Forcing people to wait too long for treatment while they are in pain is inexcusable. I have repeatedly called on health ministers to look again at how our local health care is funded but it has fallen on deaf ears.

 

“NHS Grampian has been the worst funded health board in Scotland for well over a decade and it is the hard working staff and patients that rely on their care that have suffered.

 

“The responsibility for this appalling situation rests squarely at the feet of Scottish Government ministers who refuse to put NHS Grampian on an equal footing with other Scottish health boards and I don’t see anything changing while the SNP are in power.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

  • Find the latest NHS ISD figures here.

 

  • For the quarter ending 31/03/19:

 

NHS Board

Type of adjustment 1

Total Patients Waiting

Number of patients waiting to be seen for a first appointment at a pain clinic/service

Percentage of patients waiting to be seen for a first appointment at a pain clinic/service

0-18 weeks

over 18 weeks

0-18 weeks

over 18 weeks

NHS Ayrshire & Arran

NA,U,RO

292

291

1

99.7%

0.3%

NHS Borders

NA,U,RO

66

66

..

100.0%

0.0%

NHS Dumfries & Galloway

U,RO

170

149

21

87.6%

12.4%

NHS Fife

NA,U,RO

285

285

0

100.0%

0.0%

NHS Forth Valley

NA,U

466

341

125

73.2%

26.8%

NHS Grampian

NA,U,RO

700

511

189

73.0%

27.0%

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

NA,U,RO

1,577

1,326

251

84.1%

15.9%

NHS Highland

NA,U,RO

262

212

50

80.9%

19.1%

NHS Lanarkshire

NA,U,RO

209

209

0

100.0%

0.0%

NHS Lothian

NA,U,RO

458

456

2

99.6%

0.4%

NHS Orkney

NA,U,RO

15

15

0

100.0%

0.0%

NHS Shetland

NA,U,RO

29

29

0

100.0%

0.0%

NHS Tayside

NA,U,RO

202

188

14

93.1%

6.9%

NHS Western Isles

NA,U,RO

11

11

0

100.0%

0.0%

Scotland

..

4,742

4,089

653

86.2%

13.8%

 

NHS Board

Type of adjustment 1

Total Patients Seen

Number of patients seen at a pain clinic/service for a first appointment 

Percentage of patients seen at a pain clinic/service for a first appointment

Median

90th Percentile

0-18 weeks

over 18 weeks

0-18 weeks

over 18 weeks

(weeks)

(weeks)

NHS Ayrshire & Arran

NA,U,RO

247

236

11

95.5%

4.5%

12

14

NHS Borders

NA,U,RO

61

60

1

98.4%

1.6%

10

13

NHS Dumfries & Galloway

U,RO

118

82

36

69.5%

30.5%

17

21

NHS Fife

NA,U,RO

192

192

0

100.0%

0.0%

10

11

NHS Forth Valley

NA,U

303

46

257

15.2%

84.8%

27

32

NHS Grampian

NA,U,RO

345

73

272

21.2%

78.8%

27

34

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

NA,U,RO

692

136

556

19.7%

80.3%

21

24

NHS Highland

NA,U,RO

200

180

20

90.0%

10.0%

11

18

NHS Lanarkshire

NA,U,RO

301

301

0

100.0%

0.0%

10

12

NHS Lothian

NA,U,RO

524

524

0

100.0%

0.0%

11

12

NHS Orkney

NA,U,RO

17

17

0

100.0%

0.0%

11

12

NHS Shetland

NA,U,RO

27

27

0

100.0%

0.0%

11

12

NHS Tayside

NA,U,RO

178

163

15

91.6%

8.4%

12

18

NHS Western Isles

NA,U,RO

22

22

0

100.0%

0.0%

9

16

Scotland

..

3,227

2,059

1,168

63.8%

36.2%

12

28

 


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