NHS waiting lists: The Birmingham hospital departments with the largest patient waiting lists

The number of people waiting for routine hospital treatment in England has hit yet another all-time record - here’s how Birmingham compares. 

Thursday, 16th June 2022, 10:57 am

Birmingham hospitals are under severe pressure, with the number of patients waiting for treatment in the thousands.

The number of people waiting for routine hospital treatment in the city and surrounding areas has grown to over 240,000.

The NHS England figures for the end of March show the proportion of people who have been waiting for 18 weeks or less is around 69%. The NHS target is for 92% of patients to be seen within 18 weeks.

None of the hospital trusts in Birmingham are meeting the target, and you can see the ranking for each of the five Birmingham NHS trusts below.

The service with the biggest waiting list in Birmingham is the ear, nose and throat service, with 30,695 waiting for procedures.

The average wait time for hospitals across Birmingham is 13.5 weeks.

Professor Stephen Powis, national medical director for NHS England, said hospital teams were making good progress in tackling the backlogs, with record numbers of diagnostic tests and cancer checks taking place in March as part of what he described as “the most ambitious catch-up plan in NHS history”.

But Dr Tim Cooksley, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “All parts of the NHS are unquestionably struggling.”

Here, we reveal the hospital departments at Birmingham trusts with the biggest waiting lists, as of March 2022 - the latest available data.

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