Our current waiting times

First appointment From appointment to treatment*
4 weeks 8 weeks
*This will be dependent on how long it takes for your consultant to agree your treatment plan, following your consultation and the results of any tests.

Please note: waiting times displayed are indicative and can change on a daily basis.

You have the right to choose where you have your NHS treatment.

At Southampton NHS Treatment Centre we offer free NHS treatments to all patients. You are not required to pay if you are an NHS patient and have been referred for treatment by your GP.

Anal Fistula

This is a small channel that develops between the end of the bowel (anal canal/back passage) and the skin near the anus. Anal fistulas are painful and can cause bleeding when you go to the toilet. Surgery is common in these cases.

EUA of rectum

Examination under anaesthetic (EUA) of the rectum is a means of examining the colon and anal parts of the body using a special instrument in order to diagnose conditions.


Endoscopy involves looking inside the body, usually using an endoscope inserted into a hollow organ or cavity of the body.

Excision & drainage of pilonidal sinus

A pilonidal sinus is a small hole in the skin, usually at the top of the cleft of the buttocks, where they separate. If they become infected, an operation is needed to open and drain the abscess in the sinus.

Gallbladder surgery

For patients with painful gallstones, it is recommended that their gallbladders are removed surgically, usually via minimally invasive keyhole surgery.


This is where an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or surrounding tissue wall. Hernias can occur anywhere in your abdomen, and there are a number of different types.

Lateral Sphincterotomy

An operation performed on the internal anal sphincter muscle for the treatment of chronic anal fissure. The procedure improves blood supply to the fissure, aiding healing.

Lumps and Bumps

A procedure involving the surgical removal of small skin cysts or lesions. These are usually performed as a day case, so you can go home afterwards. These are procedures that require your GP to secure funding prior to referral and treatment.

Repair of femoral hernia

A femoral hernia is when fatty tissue, or part of your bowel, pokes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall into the femoral canal, through which blood vessels pass to and from your leg. During surgery, the bulge is pushed back into place, and the abdominal wall is strengthened.

Repair of incisional hernia

An incisional, or ventral, hernia is a bulge that occurs near a prior abdominal sugical incision. Surgical repair corrects the weakened area.

Repair of inguinal hernia (laproscopic and open)

An inguinal hernia is common and occurs mainly in men when fatty tissue or a part of the bowel pokes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall into the inguinal canal, through which blood vessels pass to the testicles. Surgery pushes the bulge back into place and strengthens the abdominal wall.

Repair of recurrent hernia

If a hernia reoccurs it can be more complicated to repair due to scarring from the original surgery. Keyhole surgery is often used in this case to reduce further scarring and damage. Another option is to reopen the old scar and place a mesh over the defect.

Repair of umbilical hernia

Umbilical hernias in adults are common, they result from a weakness in the abdominal wall and usually cause few symptoms. If they become painful or cause problems with activities of daily living, they can be simply repaired using a mesh to close the defect.

Surgery for haemorrhoids

There are various surgical treatments for haemorrhoids (piles), depending on the patient’s particular condition. A haemorrhoidectomy, haemorrhoidal artery ligation or rubber band ligation are some options.


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