The number of people waiting for routine hospital treatment in England has hit another record. Find out how long the line is at your local hospital with our interactive tools.
NHS hospitals in England remain under intense pressure as waiting lists hit another record high, new figures show.
The number of people waiting for routine hospital treatment has risen to 6.4 million, the highest since records began in April 2007.
Trauma and orthopedic departments have the largest waiting lists, with 731,000 patients lined up for treatments like knee and hip replacements, with 55,000 waiting over a year.
NHS England figures for the end of March show the proportion of people who have waited 18 weeks or less has fallen to 62.4%, well below the NHS target of 92% and its worst performance in more than a year .
How is the NHS tackling the problem?
Professor Stephen Powis, national medical director for NHS England, said hospital teams were making good progress in tackling the backlog, with a record number of diagnostic tests and cancer screening taking place in March, as part of what he described as “the most ambitious catch-up” plan in the history of the NHS”.
He said: “We always knew the waiting list would initially continue to grow as more people who may have held back during the pandemic come forward to seek care, but today’s data shows that the number of people who have been waiting for longer than two years waits has fallen for the second month in a row, and the number of waits longer than 18 months has fallen for the first time.
“There is no doubt that the NHS is still under pressure and the latest figures are yet another reminder of the vital importance of community and social care to help people in hospital get out of hospital when they are in need of it.” able, not just because it’s better for them, but because it helps free up valuable NHS bed space.”
dr Tim Cooksley, President of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “All parts of the NHS are undoubtedly struggling.”
He said the absence of any significant plans in the Queen’s speech recognizing the NHS and welfare crisis was “seriously worrying”.
“This is an emergency that urgently needs recognition, action and support; it cannot afford to join the waiting list carried by so many patients,” he said.
How is my local NHS hospital rating?
NHS waiting list targets are being missed in all regions of England, with the worst performance being in the North West. There, 58% of people have waited less than 18 weeks for treatment, well below the target of 92%.
NHS figures also show the waiting lists for each NHS hospital trust, including the number of patients lined up for each type of treatment. To find the size of the entire waiting list at your local hospital, search for it in the table below.
To find out the size of the local waiting list for a specific type of treatment, like cardiology or ear, nose and throat, search for a trust hospital in the table below and click through the results for each department.