Waiting time until first outpatient appointment
An important part of the 18-week referral-to-treatment (RTT) pathway is the first outpatient appointment. This is where the patient is assessed by a specialist to decide whether further tests are needed and what the likely course of treatment might be. We explore how long people wait for their first outpatient appointment following a referral. There are no specific expectations of a maximum wait from referral by a GP or other health professional to the patient's first outpatient attendance, and not all pathways are included in the 18-week RRT commitment.