Wait Times

Please be advised these waiting times can vary from the times below. We know that waiting for healthcare can be challenging. Sussex Health & Care Partnership has advice & support for while you wait.

Brighton Patients

Physiotherapy & Osteopathy
LocationRoutineHigh Priority
Brighton General Hospital34 weeks2-4 weeks
Royal Sussex County Hospital34 weeks2-4 weeks
Musculoskeletal Advanced Practitioner
PathwayRoutineHigh Priority
Foot & Ankle10-11 weeks2-4 weeks
Podiatry21-22 weeks2-4 weeks
Knee14-15 weeks2-4 weeks
Hip14-15 weeks2-4 weeks
Hand & Wrist11-12 weeks2-4 weeks
Shoulder
& Elbow
13-14 weeks2-4 weeks
Spine17-18 weeks2-4 weeks
Persistent Pain15-16 weeks2-4 weeks
Rheumatology
(including
Fibromyalgia)
17-18 weeks2-4 weeks
Diagnostics
TypeRoutineHigh Priority
MRI7-10 weeks2-4 weeks
Ultrasound6-8 weeks2-4 weeks
Ultrasound
Guided Injection
8-10 weeks4-6 weeks
CT Scan6-8 weeks2-4 weeks
X-RayWalk-In ServiceN/A
Blood
Test
Walk-In ServiceN/A
After your diagnostic it will usually take another 1-2 weeks for us to receive the report. Once received we will book a follow-up with your clinician or add you to a waiting list if no appointments are available at the time.

Please see our Scans & Injections page for more information and contact details for each diagnostic/scan.

Mid-Sussex Patients

Physiotherapy & Osteopathy
LocationRoutineHigh Priority
Princess Royal Hospital12 weeks2-4 weeks
Queen Victoria Hospital12 weeks2-4 weeks
Musculoskeletal Advanced Practitioner
PathwayRoutineHigh Priority
Foot & Ankle4-5 weeks2-4 weeks
Podiatry11-12 weeks2-4 weeks
Knee12-13 weeks2-4 weeks
Hip12-13 weeks2-4 weeks
Hand & Wrist8-9 weeks2-4 weeks
Shoulder
& Elbow
22-23 weeks2-4 weeks
Spine15-16 weeks2-4 weeks
Persistent Pain22-23 weeks2-4 weeks
Rheumatology
(including
Fibromyalgia)
4-5 weeks2-4 weeks
Diagnostics
TypeRoutineHigh Priority
MRI7-10 weeks2-4 weeks
Ultrasound6-8 weeks2-4 weeks
Ultrasound
Guided Injection
8-10 weeks4-6 weeks
CT Scan6-8 weeks2-4 weeks
X-RayWalk-In ServiceN/A
Blood
Test
Walk-In ServiceN/A
After your diagnostic it will usually take another 1-2 weeks for us to receive the report. Once received we will book a follow-up with your clinician or add you to a waiting list if no appointments are available at the time.

Please see our Scans & Injections page for more information and contact details for each diagnostic/scan.

Crawley Patients

Physiotherapy & Osteopathy
Musculoskeletal Assessment & Rehabilitation Service
LocationRoutineHigh Priority
Crawley
Hospital
13-14 weeks2-3 weeks
Musculoskeletal Advanced Practitioner
PathwayRoutineHigh Priority
Foot & Ankle3-4 weeks2-4 weeks
Podiatry16-17 weeks2-4 weeks
Knee12-13 weeks2-4 weeks
Hip12-13 weeks2-4 weeks
Hand & Wrist13-14 weeks2-4 weeks
Shoulder
& Elbow
12-13 weeks2-4 weeks
Spine6-7 weeks2-4 weeks
Persistent Pain19-20 weeks2-4 weeks
Rheumatology
(including
Fibromyalgia)
13-14 weeks2-4 weeks
Diagnostics
TypeRoutineHigh Priority
MRI7-10 weeks2-4 weeks
Ultrasound6-8 weeks2-4 weeks
Ultrasound
Guided Injection
8-10 weeks4-6 weeks
CT Scan6-8 weeks2-4 weeks
X-RayWalk-In ServiceN/A
Blood
Test
Walk-In ServiceN/A
After your diagnostic it will usually take another 1-2 weeks for us to receive the report. Once received we will book a follow-up with your clinician or add you to a waiting list if no appointments are available at the time.

Please see our Scans & Injections page for more information and contact details for each diagnostic/scan.

Horsham Patients

Physiotherapy & Osteopathy
Musculoskeletal Assessment & Rehabilitation Service
LocationRoutineHigh Priority
Horsham
Hospital
13-14 weeks2-3 weeks
Musculoskeletal Advanced Practitioner
PathwayRoutineHigh Priority
Foot & Ankle3-4 weeks2-4 weeks
Podiatry16-17 weeks2-4 weeks
Knee12-13 weeks2-4 weeks
Hip12-13 weeks2-4 weeks
Hand & Wrist13-14 weeks2-4 weeks
Shoulder
& Elbow
12-13 weeks2-4 weeks
Spine6-7 weeks2-4 weeks
Persistent Pain19-20 weeks2-4 weeks
Rheumatology
(including
Fibromyalgia)
13-14 weeks2-4 weeks
Diagnostics
TypeRoutineHigh Priority
MRI7-10 weeks2-4 weeks
Ultrasound6-8 weeks2-4 weeks
Ultrasound
Guided Injection
8-10 weeks4-6 weeks
CT Scan6-8 weeks2-4 weeks
X-RayWalk-In ServiceN/A
Blood
Test
Walk-In ServiceN/A
After your diagnostic it will usually take another 1-2 weeks for us to receive the report. Once received we will book a follow-up with your clinician or add you to a waiting list if no appointments are available at the time.

Please see our Scans & Injections page for more information and contact details for each diagnostic/scan.

Consultant & Other Services
(Secondary Care Wait Times)

The below spreadsheet shows waiting times for a number of secondary care services commission by Sussex MSK Partnership. This spreadsheet is intended to be used as a guide to inform patients during the choice discussion. This information should not be taken as a guarantee of the exact waiting time.

The waiting times published in this document are an indication of what the average length of time may be as reported to us by the respective hospitals. It is intended to be used as a guide only.

Please note: Due to recent and ongoing industrial action we expect waiting times to be impacted. We cannot accurately predict how long this will delay first appointments or definitive treatment.

The information provided should not be taken as a guarantee of the exact wait time that a person should experience between referral to hospital and first appointment. Any queries relating to your hospital appointment should be directed to the hospital in the first instance.

If your symptoms change or get worse whilst waiting for your hospital appointment, please contact SMSKP for a telephone assessment with a clinician familiar with your care who can provide you with advice and guidance.

Waiting times for services not commissioned by Sussex MSK Partnership can be found on the NHS Choices website.