Diagnostics Waiting Times and Activity

Diagnostics waiting times and activity data is collected through 3 collections:

Monthly Diagnostics Waiting Times and Activity
The monthly diagnostics collection collects data on waiting times and activity for 15 key diagnostic tests and procedures. Data for this collection is available back to Jan-06.
Link to Monthly Diagnostic Waiting Times and Activity page.

Quarterly Diagnostics Waiting Times
The quarterly diagnostics census collects data on patients waiting over 6 weeks for a diagnostic test. Data for this collection is available back to Feb-06.
Link to Quarterly Diagnostics Waiting Times page.

Annual Imaging and Radiodiagnostics data
The annual diagnostics collection collects data on the number of imaging and radiological examinations or tests carried out during the year. Data for this collection is available back to 1995-96.
Link to Annual Imaging and Radiodiangostics page.

In addition, the Diagnostic Imaging Dataset (DID) is a new central collection of detailed information about diagnostic imaging tests carried out on NHS patients, extracted from local Radiology Information Systems (RISs) and submitted monthly. More information on the Diagnostic Imaging Dataset can be found here.

Apart from Diagnostic waiting times, NHS England also publishes on Referral to Treatment (RTT) waiting times, of which Diagnostic waiting times is a key part. RTT waiting times measure the patients full waiting time from GP Referral to Treatment, which may include a diagnostic test. Therefore, ensuring patients receive their diagnostic test within 6 weeks is vital to ensuring the delivery of the RTT waiting times standard of 18 weeks.

Contact Us

For further information about the published statistics, please contact us at:

Analytical Service (Operations)
NHS England
Room 5E15
Quarry House
Leeds LS2 7UE
Great Britain
Email: unify2@dh.gsi.gov.uk