while you wait

Waiting for hospital treatment? 

Did you know that in October 2021, While You Wait NHS launched to support people who are currently on the waiting list for an appointment or treatment. There are currently over 508,000 people who are waiting for hospital care (as of August 2022) in Greater Manchester and reducing this backlog continues to be the priority. 

What can you expect to find on the website?

Through  our accessibility toolbar you can translate the content on While You Wait into over 100 languages, hear audio, change the colours, font type and size to suit your needs. 

While You Wait now has additional information to support people waiting for treatment under Orthopaedics, Gastroenterology and Children’s services. 

If you’re waiting for any of the following procedures listed below, you’ll find information about what to expect and what you can do during your waiting time to prepare and get the best possible outcome from your treatment.

You will also find information on what to do if your health is deteriorating including signs and symptoms to look out for that may indicate you need to seek medical help.



Children’s surgery including dental

     First outpatient

     Pre-operative assessment

     Surgical hubs approach

     Knee replacement

     Knee ligament

     Knee arthroscopy

     Hip replacement

     Shoulder replacement

     carpal tunnel

     MyRecovery App

     Further information and support

     First outpatient



     Flexible sigmoidoscopy

     CT Colonoscopy


     Further information and support

     The little orange book – managing common childhood illnesses

     Managing pain


     Mental health support

     Preparing your child for admission, including useful resources

     Children’s dental surgery

     Children’s urology

     Further information and support