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Waiting times for surgery

Elective surgery waiting times: by specialty of surgeon

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 area of clinical expertise held by the doctor performing the elective surgery (specialty of surgeon).

It was not possible to calculate comparable surgical specialty peer group data for 2016–17 or 2017–18.

Cardio-thoracic surgery is performed on the organs inside the chest, in particular, the heart and lungs.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by cardio-thoracic surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by cardio-thoracic surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by cardio-thoracic surgeons was 55 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 270 55 days Not peered
2016–17 277 43 days Not peered
2015–16 307 44 days 44 days
2014–15 308 38 days 44 days
2013–14 319 43 days 29 days
2012–13 265 29 days 19 days
2011–12 299 36 days 35 days

Surgery by cardio-thoracic surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.4% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by cardio-thoracic surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 270 0.4% Not peered
2016–17 277 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 307 0.0% 1.1%
2014–15 308 0.3% 2.6%
2013–14 319 0.3% 0.8%
2012–13 265 0.0% 0.7%
2011–12 299 0.0% 0.0%

This focuses on treating diseases and problems affecting the ears, nose and throat, as well as the head and neck.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by ear, nose, and throat surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by ear, nose and throat surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by ear, nose and throat surgeons was 83 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 850 83 days Not peered
2016–17 907 85 days Not peered
2015–16 977 87 days 72 days
2014–15 875 70 days 77 days
2013–14 983 78 days 66 days
2012–13 1,111 87 days 62 days
2011–12 1,319 89 days 62 days

Surgery by ear, nose and throat surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 6.6% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by ear, nose and throat surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 850 6.6% Not peered
2016–17 907 7.5% Not peered
2015–16 977 9.3% 2.9%
2014–15 875 3.1% 4.8%
2013–14 983 2.0% 4.5%
2012–13 1,111 6.3% 3.6%
2011–12 1,319 11.6% 4.1%

Surgery on the eyes is called ophthalmological surgery.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by eye surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by eye surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by eye surgeons was 91 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 579 91 days Not peered
2016–17 590 78 days Not peered
2015–16 621 76 days 51 days
2014–15 543 63 days 54 days
2013–14 556 65 days 60 days
2012–13 587 63 days 55 days
2011–12 616 63 days 48 days

Surgery by eye surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 5.7% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by eye surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 579 5.7% Not peered
2016–17 590 4.9% Not peered
2015–16 621 9.5% 2.6%
2014–15 543 3.5% 1.8%
2013–14 556 3.8% 3.3%
2012–13 587 4.6% 2.4%
2011–12 616 5.2% 2.4%

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.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by general surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by general surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by general surgeons was 10 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 47 10 days Not peered
2016–17 1,913 26 days Not peered
2015–16 1,867 34 days 32 days
2014–15 1,811 30 days 29 days
2013–14 1,864 22 days 30 days
2012–13 1,708 23 days 27 days
2011–12 1,930 23 days 24 days

Surgery by general surgeons: 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 47 NP Not peered
2016–17 1,913 1.5% Not peered
2015–16 1,867 3.4% 1.7%
2014–15 1,811 5.1% 2.1%
2013–14 1,864 5.4% 2.4%
2012–13 1,708 2.6% 2.4%
2011–12 1,930 0.3% 0.4%

Gynaecological surgery focuses on the female reproductive organs.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by gynaecological surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by gynaecological surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by gynaecological surgeons was 45 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 58 45 days Not peered
2016–17 51 35 days Not peered
2015–16 52 31 days 21 days
2014–15 41 35 days 13 days
2013–14 31 46 days 12 days
2012–13 36 39 days 7 days
2011–12 28 25 days 13 days

Surgery by gynaecological surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 1.7% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by gynaecological surgeons at this hospital.

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 58 1.7% Not peered
2016–17 51 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 52 1.9% 0.1%
2014–15 41 NP 0.1%
2013–14 31 NP 0.0%
2012–13 36 NP 0.0%
2011–12 28 NP 0.0%

Neurosurgery is surgery on the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Common procedures include removing tumours and blood clots in the brain and spinal cord, 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.

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

Surgery by neurosurgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by neurosurgeons was 14 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 109 14 days Not peered
2016–17 138 18 days Not peered
2015–16 126 11 days 20 days
2014–15 119 13 days 19 days
2013–14 128 19 days 18 days
2012–13 133 14 days 19 days
2011–12 149 18 days 14 days

Surgery by neurosurgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by neurosurgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 109 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 138 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 126 0.0% 0.3%
2014–15 119 0.0% 0.7%
2013–14 128 0.0% 0.3%
2012–13 133 0.0% 0.0%
2011–12 149 0.0% 0.0%

Orthopaedic surgery focuses on bones and muscles (the musculoskeletal system). It includes the repair of broken bones and injuries to ligaments and tendons, investigation and repair of damaged joints, and treatment of conditions such as bone and soft tissue tumours, cerebral palsy, back pain and skeletal deformities.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by orthopaedic surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by orthopaedic surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by orthopaedic surgeons was 47 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,121 47 days Not peered
2016–17 1,200 55 days Not peered
2015–16 1,122 49 days 55 days
2014–15 1,193 40 days 45 days
2013–14 1,200 40 days 48 days
2012–13 1,064 35 days 47 days
2011–12 1,114 34 days 45 days

Surgery by orthopaedic surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 4.6% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by orthopaedic surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 1,121 4.6% Not peered
2016–17 1,200 3.8% Not peered
2015–16 1,122 5.1% 3.1%
2014–15 1,193 4.0% 3.6%
2013–14 1,200 2.8% 2.8%
2012–13 1,064 1.9% 3.0%
2011–12 1,114 2.9% 2.4%

Paediatric surgery focusses on children from birth up to 15 years of age.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by paediatric surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by paediatric surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by paediatric surgeons was 20 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 1,766 20 days Not peered
2016–17 <5 NP Not peered

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

Surgery by paediatric surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.4% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by paediatric surgeons at this hospital.

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 1,766 0.4% Not peered
2016–17 <5 NP Not peered

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.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by plastic surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by plastic surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by plastic surgeons was 29 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 683 29 days Not peered
2016–17 641 36 days Not peered
2015–16 620 38 days 54 days
2014–15 666 42 days 54 days
2013–14 681 51 days 73 days
2012–13 602 49 days 74 days
2011–12 553 35 days 53 days

Surgery by plastic surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 5.6% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by plastic surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 683 5.6% Not peered
2016–17 641 11.9% Not peered
2015–16 620 11.0% 4.7%
2014–15 666 4.8% 5.0%
2013–14 681 10.0% 9.3%
2012–13 602 5.3% 9.9%
2011–12 553 4.0% 6.2%

Urological surgery focuses on the organs of the urinary system (such as the kidneys and bladder), including the male reproductive system.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by urological surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by urological surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by urological surgeons was 43 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 180 43 days Not peered
2016–17 161 49 days Not peered
2015–16 158 71 days 36 days
2014–15 166 57 days 35 days
2013–14 207 61 days 36 days
2012–13 217 56 days 39 days
2011–12 230 63 days 36 days

Surgery by urological surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by urological surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 180 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 161 8.1% Not peered
2015–16 158 17.1% 2.0%
2014–15 166 10.2% 1.5%
2013–14 207 13.0% 3.1%
2012–13 217 11.1% 2.1%
2011–12 230 4.8% 0.9%

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by surgeons of specialties not covered in other sections, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by other types of surgeon: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by all other types of surgeon was 5 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 124 5 days Not peered
2016–17 205 6 days Not peered
2015–16 153 7 days 20 days
2014–15 191 5 days 20 days
2013–14 297 6 days 30 days
2012–13 206 6 days 31 days
2011–12 189 6 days 27 days

Surgery by other types of surgeon: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.8% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by all other types of surgeon at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 124 0.8% Not peered
2016–17 205 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 153 2.0% 0.1%
2014–15 191 0.0% 0.0%
2013–14 297 0.0% 0.5%
2012–13 206 0.0% 0.3%
2011–12 189 0.0% 0.1%