Teen told to wait 2 1/2 YEARS for hospital appointment after being referred for urology problem as next available slot is June 2025
- Teen must wait until June 2025 to get an appointment
- He will be 18 when the day of his appointment falls in 951 days
- His father said he thought it was a typo and went to ask if they meant 2023
- He told his local newspaper that the family could not afford to go private
A teenager who was referred for hospital checks got an appointment from a scandal-hit NHS trust in June 2025.
The boy’s father said he was surprised after Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) confirmed the date in the letter was not a typo.
His 16-year-old son was referred to the hospital for assessment of a urology-related problem – but will be 18 when the day of his appointment arrives in 951 days.
SaTH, which was home to the NHS’s worst pregnancy scandal, in which 201 babies and nine mothers died in two decades, has apologized and said it acknowledged ‘the current waiting times are not acceptable’.
The boy’s father said he was surprised after Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) confirmed the date in the letter was not a typo. One of the hospitals run by the Trust is pictured above
It explained that recruitment issues and pressure due to the ‘ongoing impact of Covid’ have led to delays.
The boy’s father said of the appointment letter: “I thought it was a typo and wanted to ask, ‘Do you mean 2023?’ We expected a nine-month wait to be similar to where we thought the NHS was with waiting lists.
She spoke to the person in the booking office and said, ‘Yeah, we’ve handled a lot of these calls, especially for urology.’
He told his local paper that the family could not afford to go private and was appalled at waiting for his son to be seen over a matter that is causing him great discomfort.
His 16-year-old son was referred to the hospital for assessment of a urology-related problem – but will be 18 when the day of his appointment arrives in 951 days. A trust-run hospital is seen above
He said: ‘His life is not in danger, but it is a sensitive issue and he is 16 years old… We were anticipating, almost accepting that it would take a few months. But to be told it’s 951 days – in two and a half years – I just couldn’t believe it.’
Shrewsbury Liberal Demcrat councilor Alex Wagner said the situation was a ‘damning example of the quality of the [NHS] service in Shropshire’. Sheila Fryer, deputy deputy chief operating officer at SaTH, said: “We would like to apologize for the wait for a urology appointment.
“This length of delay is rare and we want to reassure you [the family] that we, together with partners, are doing everything we can to shorten patients’ waiting times for an appointment.’ She added: “We are also working with other healthcare providers to see if they can support reducing waiting times.”