It's difficult to say exactly, but my personal experience has been that for a new patient appointment, you might wait for about 3 months. Then, when you get to see the surgeon and if he puts you on the waiting list for surgery, it could be another 3 months. However, there is a run around if you prefer which is to see him privately for an initial consultation but then be transferred to NHS for any further treatment. In order to facilitate this, get your GP to order you xrays and then get copies of them to take with you on the private consultation. I've obtained copies of all xrays I've had for about 10 years! The routine is this: first you tell the receptionist in xray that you want to get copies of your xrays. They give you a form to fill in. This goes to the radiographic computer administrator who gets consent off your GP for you to have the copies. (This is just a formality and unlikely to be rejected). When the cd-rom is ready for collection, the xray department will let you know and you will have to take along two pieces of ID with you which can be your photo driving licence and a utilities bill. You will also be charged a fee of about £10. Good luck!