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While you wait

While you wait.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, some operations and procedures were postponed, which has led to our local hospital waiting lists being longer than we would like.

Hospitals across Greater Manchester, including the independent sector, are working hard to get people seen as quickly as possible.

If you (or someone you care for) are waiting on delayed medical care, you are likely to have concerns and questions. This site aims to provide further information and advice, along with handy resources, to help you manage your physical and mental wellbeing while waiting for hospital care.

We will provide updates to ensure the latest information is available, so please do check back on a regular basis.

Average waiting time

Waiting times will depend on what treatment you are waiting for and your individual needs. Hospitals are working together to treat people as quickly as possible, but you may still wait longer than usual.

The list of people waiting changes daily and it is very hard to tell you how long you will have to wait exactly. You can however look up an average waiting time at your local hospital by visiting My Planned Care.

The average waiting time on My Planned Care is currently the best indication of how long you may wait. It should be noted that this will give you an average for the specialty you are waiting for. The waiting time for different procedures within that specialty will be different.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A list of questions that you might be asking if you are waiting for an appointment, operation or tests at a hospital. This refers to routine planned hospital care.

Find out more about Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

British Sign Language (BSL)

Members of our d/Deaf community can find BSL videos containing useful information and advice.

Find out more about British Sign Language (BSL)

Physical and mental health

The information on this page is aimed at helping you arrive for your appointment or treatment in the best possible physical and mental health.

Find out more about Physical and mental health
X ray of hip replacement.


The information here will help people waiting for an orthopaedic appointment or surgery. This includes knee surgery, hip replacement, shoulder replacement and carpal tunnel surgery.

Find out more about Orthopaedics
Health care professional undertaking an endoscopy.


The information here will help people waiting for a gastroenterology investigation. This includes gastroscopy, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and FibroScan.

Find out more about Gastroenterology
Child smiling with a doctor at an appointment.

Children and young people

The information here will help if your child is waiting for an appointment at the hospital or is waiting for surgery. As well as general advice, there is information about common dental, ENT and urological procedures.

Find out more about Children and young people

Last Updated: 8 April 2024

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