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.

Musculoskeletal Assessment & Rehabilitation Service (Physiotherapy & Osteopathy)

LocationRoutineHigh Priority
20-22 weeks2-3 weeks
20-22 weeks2-3 weeks

We are working to improve the current wait times for physiotherapy/osteopathy services in Horsham & Crawley.
SMSKP are now working with a number of private physiotherapy providers. These local clinics will offer appointments to patients from NHS waiting lists to support our services in Crawley & Horsham Hospitals. You may be contacted by one of these providers when you reach the top of the waiting list. If you are contacted by them and have questions/concerns please call us on 01273 242 054 (option 2)

Musculoskeletal Advanced Practitioner

PathwayRoutineHigh Priority
Foot & Ankle8-23 weeks2-4 weeks
Podiatry15-17 weeks2-4 weeks
Knee11-27 weeks2-4 weeks
Hip11-27 weeks2-4 weeks
Hand & Wrist17-25 weeks2-4 weeks
& Elbow
7-41 weeks2-4 weeks
Spine15-17 weeks2-4 weeks
Persistent Pain8-14 weeks2-4 weeks
3-8 weeks2-4 weeks

University Hospital Sussex – East Physiotherapy

LocationRoutineHigh Priority
Brighton General & Royal Sussex County Hospital54 weeks2-4 weeks
(Princess Royal Hospital)
54 weeks2-4 weeks


TypeRoutineHigh Priority
MRI7-10 weeks2-4 weeks
Ultrasound6-8 weeks2-4 weeks
Guided Injection
8-10 weeks4-6 weeks
CT Scan6-8 weeks2-4 weeks
X-Ray (Crawley, Mid Sussex & Brighton)Walk-In ServiceN/A
X-Ray (Horsham)1-2 weeksN/A
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.

Secondary Care Wait Times (Consultant & Other Services)

The below spreadsheet shows waiting times for secondary-care services commissioned by Sussex MSK Partnership. Please note that this document shows the indicative average wait times by pathway – it is intended to be used as a guide to inform patients during the choice discussion. The information should not be taken as a guarantee of the exact waiting time that a patient should experience between referral to secondary care and first appointment.

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