We’ve put together a gallery showing the size of the queue at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust wards with the longest waiting lists.
The number of people awaiting routine hospital treatment rose to 6.4 million nationwide, the highest since records began in April 2007.
Trauma and orthopedic departments have the largest waiting lists nationwide, with 731,000 patients lining up for treatments such as knee and hip replacements, 55,000 of whom have been waiting for more than 10 years. ‘a year.
NHS England figures, for the end of March, show the proportion of people who have been waiting for 18 weeks or less has fallen to 62.4%, well below the NHS target of 92% and the worst performance for more one year. .
Professor Stephen Powis, national medical director of NHS England, said hospital teams were making good progress in addressing backlogs, with a record number of diagnostic tests and cancer checks in March, as part of what he described as ‘the most ambitious catch-up plan in the history of the NHS’.
But Dr Tim Cooksley, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: ‘All parts of the NHS are unquestionably in trouble.
Dr Jennifer Hill, Medical Director (Operations), at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, recently said: “Our teams have worked very hard to perform as many operations as possible over the past two years, but unfortunately some procedures had to be halted until the peak of the pandemic subsided.
“Like all NHS Trusts, this has left us with a considerable backlog and for us the number of patients is particularly high as we are one of the largest NHS Trusts and provide many specialist services not available elsewhere.
“We are happy that almost three quarters of patients are treated within 18 weeks of their referral, but we are very aware of the distress people have in having to wait and we are doing everything we can to catch up as quickly as possible, especially for patients. patients who have been waiting the longest.
Here we reveal the hospital wards at Sheffield University Hospitals with the largest waiting lists, as of March 2022 – the latest data available.
In each case, we name the ward and indicate the number of patients awaiting treatment.