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Waiting times for surgery

Elective surgery waiting times: by intended procedure

Elective surgery is planned surgery that can be booked in advance as a result of a specialist clinical assessment resulting in placement on an elective surgery waiting list. This section shows data on waiting times for elective surgery at this hospital. This is the number of days within which half of the patients (50%) were admitted for their elective surgery, from their date of placement on the waiting list. Data are presented by the intended procedure – which is the procedure for which a patient has been placed on the elective surgery waiting list.

In 2016–17 the list of 15 ‘Indicator procedures’ was replaced by a more extensive list of 152 ‘Intended procedures’. From 2016–17, data are presented here for the original 15 procedures and the next 10 most common procedures reported for all hospitals, except Children’s hospitals, combined. For Children’s hospitals the next 10 most common for those hospitals are presented. Data for all intended procedures are available in the Excel download.

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for adenoidectomy (removing adenoids) at this hospital.

Surgery for adenoidectomy: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for adenoidectomy was 224 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 90 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 46 224 days 90 days
2016–17 33 149 days 65 days

Surgery for adenoidectomy: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In all years reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 46 NP 0.8%
2016–17 33 NP 2.3%

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for arthroscopy (keyhole surgery on a joint) at this hospital.

Surgery for arthroscopy: median waiting times

In 2017–18 reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 8 NP 70 days
2016–17 17 21 days 48 days

NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Surgery for arthroscopy: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In all years reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 8 NP 1.4%
2016–17 17 NP 0.5%

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for cataract extraction at this hospital.

Surgery for cataract extraction: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for cataract extraction was 56 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 39 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 30 56 days 39 days
2016–17 34 38 days 28 days
2015–16 35 50 days 27 days
2014–15 43 47 days 28 days
2013–14 26 21 days 27 days
2012–13 41 47 days 22 days
2011–12 41 30 days 26 days

Surgery for cataract extraction: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In all years reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 30 NP 0.0%
2016–17 34 NP 0.0%
2015–16 35 NP 0.6%
2014–15 43 NP 0.0%
2013–14 26 NP 0.0%
2012–13 41 NP 0.9%
2011–12 41 NP 0.0%

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) at this hospital.

Surgery for cholecystectomy: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for cholecystectomy was 35 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 33 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 17 35 days 33 days
2016–17 16 34 days 35 days
2015–16 11 25 days 36 days
2014–15 17 40 days 33 days
2013–14 19 19 days 26 days
2012–13 14 64 days 36 days
2011–12 20 17 days 25 days

Surgery for cholecystectomy: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In all years reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 17 NP Not peered
2016–17 16 NP Not peered
2015–16 11 NP 0.0%
2014–15 17 NP Not peered
2013–14 19 NP 0.0%
2012–13 14 NP 2.0%
2011–12 20 NP Not peered

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for circumcision (removing penis foreskin) at this hospital.

Surgery for circumcision: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for circumcision was 32 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 51 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 103 32 days 51 days
2016–17 93 49 days 54 days

Surgery for circumcision: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for circumcision at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 0.5%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 103 0.0% 0.5%
2016–17 93 3.2% 0.6%

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for cleft lip and palate repair at this hospital.

Surgery for cleft lip and palate repair: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for cleft lip and palate repair was 95 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 67 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 104 95 days 67 days
2016–17 104 74 days 50 days

Surgery for cleft lip and palate repair: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 3.8% of patients waited longer than 365 days for cleft lip and palate repair 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
2017–18 104 3.8% 2.0%
2016–17 104 3.8% 1.6%

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for coronary artery bypass surgery (heart bypass) at this hospital.

Surgery for coronary artery bypass: median waiting times

In all years reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2016–17 <5 NP Not peered
2012–13 <5 NP Not peered
2011–12 <5 NP Not peered

NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Surgery for coronary artery bypass: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In all years reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2016–17 <5 NP Not peered
2012–13 <5 NP Not peered
2011–12 <5 NP Not peered

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for cystoscopy (inspection of the urinary bladder) at this hospital.

Surgery for cystoscopy: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for cystoscopy was 35 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 45 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 102 35 days 45 days
2016–17 105 28 days 46 days
2015–16 73 34 days 39 days
2014–15 87 27 days 40 days
2013–14 75 11 days 35 days
2012–13 80 28 days 33 days
2011–12 119 54 days 31 days

Surgery for cystoscopy: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for cystoscopy at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 0.0%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 102 0.0% 0.0%
2016–17 105 1.0% 0.2%
2015–16 73 5.5% 1.1%
2014–15 87 3.4% 0.6%
2013–14 75 4.0% 1.5%
2012–13 80 11.3% 1.6%
2011–12 119 3.4% 0.6%

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for dialysis access surgery at this hospital.

Surgery for dialysis access: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for dialysis access surgery was 6 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 6 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 150 6 days 6 days
2016–17 192 5 days 5 days

Surgery for dialysis access: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for dialysis access surgery at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 0.0%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 150 0.0% 0.0%
2016–17 192 0.0% 0.0%

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for examination of eye under anaesthesia at this hospital.

Surgery for examination of eye under anaesthesia: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for examination of eye under anaesthesia was 46 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 38 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 108 46 days 38 days
2016–17 125 50 days 28 days

Surgery for examination of eye under anaesthesia: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for examination of eye under anaesthesia at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 0.2%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 108 0.0% 0.2%
2016–17 125 1.6% 0.3%

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for herniorrhaphy (hernia repair) at this hospital.

Surgery for herniorrhaphy: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for herniorrhaphy was 119 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 98 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 28 119 days 98 days
2016–17 33 144 days 102 days

Surgery for herniorrhaphy: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In all years reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 28 NP 2.3%
2016–17 33 NP 1.4%

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for hydrocele (swelling of the scrotum) at this hospital.

Surgery for hydrocele: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for hydrocele was 63 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 71 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 36 63 days 71 days
2016–17 44 151 days 85 days

Surgery for hydrocele: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In all years reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 36 NP 0.5%
2016–17 44 NP 0.0%

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for hypospadias (abnormality of the penis) at this hospital.

Surgery for hypospadias: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for hypospadias was 210 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 109 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 67 210 days 109 days
2016–17 94 253 days 123 days

Surgery for hypospadias: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 1.5% of patients waited longer than 365 days for hypospadias 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
2017–18 67 1.5% 2.3%
2016–17 94 16.0% 4.4%

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for hysterectomy at this hospital.

Surgery for hysterectomy: median waiting times

In all years reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 <5 NP Not peered
2016–17 <5 NP Not peered

NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Surgery for hysterectomy: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In all years reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 <5 NP Not peered
2016–17 <5 NP Not peered

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for inguinal herniorrhaphy (repairing groin hernia) at this hospital.

Surgery for inguinal herniorrhaphy: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for inguinal herniorrhaphy was 9 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 14 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 255 9 days 14 days
2016–17 272 11 days 13 days
2015–16 243 16 days 14 days
2014–15 259 14 days 13 days
2013–14 307 11 days 13 days
2012–13 291 13 days 14 days
2011–12 333 11 days 12 days

Surgery for inguinal herniorrhaphy: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for inguinal herniorrhaphy at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 0.0%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 255 0.0% 0.0%
2016–17 272 0.4% 0.2%
2015–16 243 0.4% 0.5%
2014–15 259 2.7% 0.7%
2013–14 307 2.0% 1.1%
2012–13 291 0.7% 0.7%
2011–12 333 0.0% 0.2%

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for myringoplasty (repairing ear perforation) at this hospital.

Surgery for myringoplasty: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for myringoplasty was 283 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 241 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 15 283 days 241 days
2016–17 12 168 days 147 days
2015–16 27 349 days 167 days
2014–15 12 345 days 130 days
2013–14 9 NP 88 days
2012–13 18 243 days 89 days
2011–12 32 329 days 93 days

NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Surgery for myringoplasty: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In all years reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 15 NP 4.4%
2016–17 12 NP 1.3%
2015–16 27 NP 8.4%
2014–15 12 NP 10.8%
2013–14 9 NP 9.7%
2012–13 18 NP 12.7%
2011–12 32 NP 11.4%

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for myringotomy (eardrum incision) at this hospital.

Surgery for myringotomy: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for myringotomy was 48 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 67 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 145 48 days 67 days
2016–17 142 72 days 48 days
2015–16 24 71 days 57 days
2014–15 22 30 days 59 days
2013–14 16 82 days 43 days
2012–13 19 29 days 48 days
2011–12 22 34 days 41 days

Surgery for myringotomy: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for myringotomy at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 0.2%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 145 0.0% 0.2%
2016–17 142 1.4% 0.3%
2015–16 24 NP 0.3%
2014–15 22 NP 1.7%
2013–14 16 NP 0.3%
2012–13 19 NP 0.1%
2011–12 22 NP 0.2%

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for osteotomy (shortening or lengthening bone) at this hospital.

Surgery for osteotomy: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for osteotomy was 92 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 96 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 39 92 days 96 days
2016–17 61 103 days 88 days

Surgery for osteotomy: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18 reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 39 NP 7.9%
2016–17 61 6.6% 2.8%

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for septoplasty (straightening of the nasal septum) at this hospital.

Surgery for septoplasty: median waiting times

In all years reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 <5 NP 321 days
2016–17 7 NP 88 days
2015–16 6 NP 241 days
2014–15 <5 NP 245 days
2013–14 <5 NP 273 days
2012–13 <5 NP 209 days
2011–12 <5 NP 170 days

NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Surgery for septoplasty: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In all years reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 <5 NP Not peered
2016–17 7 NP Not peered
2015–16 6 NP 21.1%
2014–15 <5 NP Not peered
2013–14 <5 NP 34.5%
2012–13 <5 NP Not peered
2011–12 <5 NP Not peered

This section shows the median waiting time, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, for tonsillectomy (removing the tonsils) at this hospital.

Surgery for tonsillectomy: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for tonsillectomy was 158 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 90 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 210 158 days 90 days
2016–17 245 201 days 75 days
2015–16 262 134 days 90 days
2014–15 273 147 days 141 days
2013–14 303 94 days 83 days
2012–13 429 246 days 78 days
2011–12 520 282 days 82 days

Surgery for tonsillectomy: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 4.8% of patients waited longer than 365 days for tonsillectomy at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 0.7%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 210 4.8% 0.7%
2016–17 245 10.2% 1.1%
2015–16 262 9.9% 3.1%
2014–15 273 2.2% 7.1%
2013–14 303 1.3% 7.6%
2012–13 429 10.0% 6.1%
2011–12 520 21.5% 6.6%