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Hospital Waiting Times

Waiting Times

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Hospital Waiting Times

‘Hospital waiting times’ was previously referred to as ‘New ways’.

The introduction of 'New Ways of Defining and Measuring Waiting Lists' to Scotland on the 31 December 2007 led to a significant change in how the NHS Scotland collects and defines waiting times, and also how waiting lists are clinically and administratively managed. 

Key 'New Ways' changes:

  • Changes how waiting times are measures and reported
  • Introduces the concept of a 'reasonable offer' of appointment or admission
  • Records and reports patient non-attendance and unavailability
  • Ends 'Availability Status Codes' and make the management of waiting clear and transparent

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