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Appendix removal is a surgical procedure, either through keyhole surgery or open surgery. The data presented here relate to patients who stayed one or more nights for the removal of the appendix without complications, malignant cancer or peritonitis.

Appendix removal: average length of stay

In 2011–12, there were a total of 268 stays for appendix removal, of which 100% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2011–12 268 2.4 days 2.3 days 648
2010–11 256 2.6 days 2.3 days 662
2009–10 263 2.2 days 2.3 days 581

This surgical specialty treats diseases and problems affecting the ears, nose, throat, head and neck.

All ear, nose and throat surgery: median waiting times

In 2012–13, the median waiting time for ear, nose and throat surgery was 52 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 69 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group average
2012–13 374 52 days 69 days
2011–12 404 35 days 69 days
2010–11 416 29 days 70 days

Myringoplasty: median waiting times

In 2012–13, the median waiting time for myringoplasty was 183 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 150 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group average
In 2011–12 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.
In 2010–11 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.
2012–13 13 183 days 150 days
2011–12 8 - 124 days
2010–11 9 - 126 days

In 2010–11 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.

In 2011–12 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.

Myringotomy: median waiting times

In 2012–13, the median waiting time for myringotomy was 65 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 67 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group average
In 2011–12 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.
In 2010–11 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.
2012–13 13 65 days 67 days
2011–12 <5 - 66 days
2010–11 5 - 71 days

In 2010–11 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.

In 2011–12 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.

Septoplasty: median waiting times

In 2012–13, the median waiting time for septoplasty was 170 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 250 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group average
2012–13 38 170 days 250 days
2011–12 18 165 days 227 days
2010–11 16 140 days 196 days

Tonsillectomy: median waiting times

In 2012–13, the median waiting time for tonsillectomy was 61 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 131 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group average
2012–13 21 61 days 131 days
2011–12 22 114 days 118 days
2010–11 15 24 days 119 days

All ear, nose and throat surgery: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2012–13, 7.8% of patients waited longer than 365 days for ear, nose and throat surgery at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 8.0%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2012–13 374 7.8% 8.0%
2011–12 404 6.9% 7.8%
2010–11 416 8.4% 8.0%

Myringoplasty: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2012–13, 15.4% of patients waited longer than 365 days for myringoplasty at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 13.1%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
In 2011–12 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.
In 2010–11 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.
2012–13 13 15.4% 13.1%
2011–12 8 - 12.5%
2010–11 9 - 13.6%

Myringotomy: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2012–13, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for myringotomy at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 3.3%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
In 2011–12 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.
In 2010–11 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.
2012–13 13 0.0% 3.3%
2011–12 <5 - 2.3%
2010–11 5 - 2.2%

Septoplasty: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2012–13, 15.8% of patients waited longer than 365 days for septoplasty at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 19.3%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2012–13 38 15.8% 19.3%
2011–12 18 5.6% 15.5%
2010–11 16 18.8% 18.6%

Tonsillectomy: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2012–13, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for tonsillectomy at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 10.6%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2012–13 21 0.0% 10.6%
2011–12 22 0.0% 11.1%
2010–11 15 0.0% 11.0%

Surgery on the eyes is called ophthalmological surgery.

All eye surgery: median waiting times

In 2012–13, the median waiting time for eye surgery was 68 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 69 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group average
2012–13 748 68 days 69 days
2011–12 786 69 days 72 days
2010–11 909 74 days 68 days

Cataract extraction: median waiting times

In 2012–13, the median waiting time for cataract extraction was 83 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 84 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group average
2012–13 315 83 days 84 days
2011–12 366 89 days 90 days
2010–11 390 107 days 86 days

All eye surgery: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2012–13, 4.9% of patients waited longer than 365 days for eye surgery at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 3.6%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2012–13 748 4.9% 3.6%
2011–12 786 2.2% 4.7%
2010–11 909 1.4% 3.9%

Cataract extraction: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2012–13, 1.3% of patients waited longer than 365 days for cataract extraction at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 3.6%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2012–13 315 1.3% 3.6%
2011–12 366 0.3% 5.0%
2010–11 390 0.5% 4.1%

Gallbladder removal, or cholecystectomy, is a surgical procedure generally performed to treat a patient for gallstones. The data presented here relate to patients who had their gallbladder removed using keyhole surgery and who stayed one or more nights without complications.

Gallbladder removal: average length of stay

In 2011–12, there were a total of 147 stays for gallbladder removal, of which 100% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2011–12 147 2.9 days 2.1 days 420
2010–11 161 3.3 days 2.2 days 525
2009–10 123 3.0 days 2.1 days 364

General surgery focuses on the organs of the abdomen (such as the stomach, intestines, gall bladder, liver and pancreas), and includes hernia repair and haemorrhoid removal. General surgeons may also treat diseases of the skin and breast.

All general surgery: median waiting times

In 2012–13, the median waiting time for general surgery was 25 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 31 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group average
2012–13 1,299 25 days 31 days
2011–12 1,260 26 days 31 days
2010–11 1,185 26 days 31 days

Cholecystectomy: median waiting times

In 2012–13, the median waiting time for cholecystectomy was 70 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 55 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group average
2012–13 136 70 days 55 days
2011–12 97 126 days 54 days
2010–11 105 91 days 55 days

Haemorrhoidectomy: median waiting times

In 2012–13, the median waiting time for haemorrhoidectomy was 68 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 77 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group average
2012–13 21 68 days 77 days
2011–12 20 99 days 68 days
2010–11 24 142 days 65 days

Inguinal herniorrhaphy: median waiting times

In 2012–13, the median waiting time for inguinal herniorrhaphy was 78 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 76 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group average
2012–13 69 78 days 76 days
2011–12 53 147 days 70 days
2010–11 47 130 days 65 days

All general surgery: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2012–13, 2.2% of patients waited longer than 365 days for general surgery at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 2.3%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2012–13 1,299 2.2% 2.3%
2011–12 1,260 4.3% 1.9%
2010–11 1,185 2.0% 1.9%

Cholecystectomy: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2012–13, 3.7% of patients waited longer than 365 days for cholecystectomy at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 1.7%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2012–13 136 3.7% 1.7%
2011–12 97 4.1% 1.3%
2010–11 105 1.0% 1.2%

Haemorrhoidectomy: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2012–13, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for haemorrhoidectomy at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 5.0%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2012–13 21 0.0% 5.0%
2011–12 20 0.0% 4.1%
2010–11 24 8.3% 4.5%

Inguinal herniorrhaphy: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2012–13, 4.3% of patients waited longer than 365 days for inguinal herniorrhaphy at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 4.1%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2012–13 69 4.3% 4.1%
2011–12 53 15.1% 3.2%
2010–11 47 4.3% 2.4%

Neurosurgery is surgery on the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Common procedures include removing tumours and blood clots, treatment of head or spinal injuries, repairing malformed blood vessels in the brain and spinal cord, repairing damaged nerves, and surgical treatment of diseases such as epilepsy and Parkinson's disease.

All neurosurgery: median waiting times

In 2012–13 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group average
In 2012–13 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.
2012–13 7 - 30 days
2011–12 25 10 days 32 days
2010–11 18 9 days 34 days

In 2012–13 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.

All neurosurgery: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2012–13 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
In 2012–13 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.
2012–13 7 - 2.5%
2011–12 25 0.0% 2.6%
2010–11 18 0.0% 3.1%

Plastic surgery involves the modification or reconstruction of the visible physical features of the body. It is commonly performed on people who have suffered severe injuries or burns, people who were born with physical malformations, or people whose physical appearance has been affected by a disease.

All plastic surgery: median waiting times

In 2012–13, the median waiting time for plastic surgery was 20 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 21 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group average
2012–13 756 20 days 21 days
2011–12 744 19 days 21 days
2010–11 833 19 days 21 days

All plastic surgery: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2012–13, 4.2% of patients waited longer than 365 days for plastic surgery at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 2.2%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2012–13 756 4.2% 2.2%
2011–12 744 1.9% 2.3%
2010–11 833 1.8% 1.8%

Vascular surgery focuses on blood vessels (veins and arteries), except for those in the heart (included in cardio-thoracic surgery) and brain (included in neurosurgery).

All vascular surgery: median waiting times

In 2012–13, the median waiting time for vascular surgery was 27 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 19 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group average
2012–13 439 27 days 19 days
2011–12 252 21 days 19 days
2010–11 250 21 days 18 days

Varicose vein ligation and stripping: median waiting times

In 2012–13, the median waiting time for varicose vein ligation and stripping was 41 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 100 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group average
2012–13 48 41 days 100 days
2011–12 34 30 days 110 days
2010–11 21 115 days 102 days

All vascular surgery: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2012–13, 0.9% of patients waited longer than 365 days for vascular surgery at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 2.0%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2012–13 439 0.9% 2.0%
2011–12 252 0.0% 2.4%
2010–11 250 0.4% 2.5%

Varicose vein ligation and stripping: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2012–13, 4.2% of patients waited longer than 365 days for varicose vein ligation and stripping at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 10.2%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2012–13 48 4.2% 10.2%
2011–12 34 0.0% 12.6%
2010–11 21 0.0% 13.9%