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National Waiting List Validation - How it works

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Text messages will be sent to people on the waiting list who have already provided a mobile number to their NHS Board.

You will receive a text message from the NHS Scotland National Elective Coordination Unit (NECU) on mobile number 07860 039092. This will include a link to a short survey asking if you still need your appointment or operation followed by a few questions to confirm your identity.

If you are waiting for an appointment or operation, please do not ignore this message.

Click on the link in your message to complete the survey:

  • First, tell us if you still need your appointment or operation by clicking Yes, No or Unsure.
  • Next, we’ll ask you to confirm your waiting list information by entering your name, date of birth and post code. If you are answering the survey on behalf of someone else, you must provide their details at this stage.
  • Lastly, you can provide some comments if you think this will help. Please note these will only be used to manage our waiting lists and may not be reviewed by a clinician.

What happens after I respond?

Your initial answer will determine what happens next.

  • Yes: You will remain on the waiting list and will be contacted when an appointment or operation becomes available.
  • No: We will contact you to ask why you no longer need your appointment or operation. Your Board will then remove youfrom the waiting list.
  • Unsure: A member of our team will call you to discuss your needs and will update the waiting list as appropriate.

We will also be calling a random sample of patients to assess this new service.

What happens if I do not respond to the text message?

If you do not respond to the text message, we will try to contact you twice by telephone. If you are unable to answer the call, we will leave a voice message asking you to call us back. If you do not respond to these calls, you will receive a letter from your NHS Board with instructions about what to do. 

Those on dermatology waiting lists who do not respond will be contacted by the National Contact Centre on 0345 646 0565.

What happens if my condition changes while I’m on the waiting list?

If you have an urgent or emergency medical problem or concern, please contact the appropriate service.

In an emergency, always dial 999.

For urgent care, call NHS 24 on 111

Is the link in the text message trustworthy?

Yes. Our partner, DrDoctor, adheres to the highest data security standards in line with NHS Scotland clinical and information governance standards, policies and procedures.

Every Board publishes their Privacy Policy on their website.

Click here to read DrDoctor’s Privacy Policy

Click here to read our Data Protection Privacy Notice

Why are you asking me for my date of birth?

After you have answered the question, we will ask you to input your Date of Birth so that we can confirm we are updating records for the right person. If you are answering the survey on behalf of someone else, you must provide their details at this stage.

What do I do if I gave the wrong answer?

If you have answered the question incorrectly, just go back to the link in your text message and
start again.

Does it cost me to reply to a text message?

Text messages will be charged at standard network rates but will be free if you have a text
message bundle with your mobile provider. You can change your digital letter setting online for free by following the link in your text messages.

What is the National Elective Coordination Unit?

The National Elective Coordination Unit (NECU) was established by the Scottish Government to
support national waiting times recovery.

Hosted by the Centre for Sustainable Delivery at NHS Golden Jubilee, NECU supports local NHS
Boards to ensure that information held on NHS Scotland waiting lists is accurate and helping us to
reallocate any appointments or operations that are no longer needed to others on the waiting list.


Click here to download the Waiting List Validation Patient Information Leaflet.