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Waiting times for surgery

Elective surgery waiting times: by urgency category

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. The treating doctor determines how urgently surgery is needed, then assigns the patient to one of three elective surgery urgency categories – Category 1 (surgery is recommended within 30 days), Category 2 (surgery is recommended within 90 days), or Category 3 (surgery is recommended within 365 days).

This section shows the percentage of patients who received their elective surgery within the recommended time for that urgency category.

Category 1 (surgery recommended within 30 days)

In 2017–18, 100% of patients received Category 1 surgery within 30 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 93%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 3,627 100% 93%
2016–17 3,375 100% 95%
2015–16 3,654 100% 96%
2014–15 3,841 100% 96%
2013–14 4,189 100% 96%
2012–13 4,017 100% 93%
2011–12 4,262 99% 90%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 983 100% 93%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 834 100% 93%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 891 100% 94%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 919 100% 94%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 884 100% 95%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 774 100% 95%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 844 100% 95%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 873 100% 95%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 902 100% 95%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 808 100% 95%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 951 100% 96%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 993 100% 96%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 800 100% 95%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 874 100% 96%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 1,041 100% 97%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 1,126 100% 97%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 1,055 100% 97%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 931 100% 95%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 1,119 100% 96%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 1,084 100% 96%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 1,011 100% 95%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 831 100% 93%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 1,053 100% 94%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 1,122 100% 92%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 1,069 98% 90%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 948 98% 89%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 1,079 100% 91%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 1,166 100% 90%

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, 100% of patients received Category 2 surgery within 90 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 85%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 3,605 100% 85%
2016–17 3,809 100% 85%
2015–16 3,632 100% 84%
2014–15 3,884 100% 85%
2013–14 3,965 100% 80%
2012–13 3,970 100% 77%
2011–12 4,148 100% 76%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 996 100% 84%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 764 100% 81%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 885 100% 86%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 960 100% 87%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 984 100% 83%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 817 100% 82%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 921 100% 86%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 1,087 100% 88%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 1,011 100% 84%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 748 100% 81%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 943 100% 84%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 930 100% 85%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 962 100% 84%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 814 100% 83%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 1,058 100% 87%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 1,050 100% 86%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 1,015 100% 83%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 870 100% 78%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 981 100% 80%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 1,099 100% 80%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 1,056 100% 79%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 855 100% 76%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 1,009 100% 78%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 1,050 100% 77%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 1,072 99% 75%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 906 99% 72%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 1,007 100% 78%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 1,163 100% 79%

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, 100% of patients received Category 3 surgery within 365 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 91%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 3,134 100% 91%
2016–17 3,049 100% 93%
2015–16 3,198 100% 93%
2014–15 3,537 100% 94%
2013–14 3,295 100% 91%
2012–13 3,511 100% 89%
2011–12 3,158 99% 89%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 868 100% 90%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 701 100% 89%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 777 100% 92%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 788 100% 94%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 818 100% 92%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 715 100% 94%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 684 100% 94%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 832 100% 94%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 853 100% 92%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 740 100% 93%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 766 100% 93%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 839 100% 94%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 896 100% 93%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 802 100% 95%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 834 100% 95%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 1,005 100% 94%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 877 100% 92%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 755 100% 92%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 797 100% 91%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 866 100% 91%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 872 100% 89%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 840 100% 90%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 848 100% 87%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 951 100% 90%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 906 98% 87%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 761 100% 88%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 730 99% 89%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 761 100% 91%

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery in each urgency category. 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.

Category 1 (surgery recommended within 30 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 1 surgery was 5 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 12 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 3,627 5 days 12 days
2016–17 3,375 5 days 11 days
2015–16 3,654 5 days 10 days
2014–15 3,841 6 days 10 days
2013–14 4,189 6 days 10 days
2012–13 4,017 6 days 10 days
2011–12 4,262 6 days 11 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 983 4 days 13 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 834 4 days 12 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 891 5 days 12 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 919 5 days 12 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 884 5 days 12 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 774 5 days 11 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 844 5 days 11 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 873 5 days 11 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 902 5 days 11 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 808 5 days 10 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 951 5 days 10 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 993 5 days 10 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 800 6 days 11 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 874 5 days 10 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 1,041 6 days 10 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 1,126 6 days 10 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 1,055 6 days 10 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 931 6 days 10 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 1,119 6 days 10 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 1,084 7 days 10 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 1,011 7 days 10 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 831 6 days 9 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 1,053 6 days 10 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 1,122 6 days 11 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 1,069 7 days 11 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 948 6 days 11 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 1,079 6 days 10 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 1,166 6 days 10 days

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 2 surgery was 15 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 3,605 15 days 51 days
2016–17 3,809 15 days 49 days
2015–16 3,632 19 days 49 days
2014–15 3,884 21 days 47 days
2013–14 3,965 18 days 49 days
2012–13 3,970 16 days 50 days
2011–12 4,148 20 days 50 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 996 14 days 51 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 764 14 days 57 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 885 21 days 50 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 960 16 days 48 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 984 14 days 50 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 817 17 days 54 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 921 15 days 47 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 1,087 14 days 45 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 1,011 15 days 49 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 748 21 days 52 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 943 20 days 48 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 930 20 days 47 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 962 18 days 48 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 814 23 days 50 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 1,058 22 days 44 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 1,050 21 days 43 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 1,015 17 days 47 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 870 21 days 53 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 981 19 days 49 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 1,099 16 days 46 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 1,056 15 days 49 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 855 17 days 54 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 1,009 14 days 49 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 1,050 17 days 49 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 1,072 18 days 52 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 906 27 days 57 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 1,007 20 days 48 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 1,163 16 days 47 days

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 3 surgery was 34 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 163 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 3,134 34 days 163 days
2016–17 3,049 28 days 153 days
2015–16 3,198 34 days 152 days
2014–15 3,537 22 days 143 days
2013–14 3,295 19 days 128 days
2012–13 3,511 13 days 140 days
2011–12 3,158 15 days 134 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 868 29 days 186 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 701 55 days 169 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 777 35 days 148 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 788 31 days 147 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 818 24 days 167 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 715 39 days 155 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 684 27 days 143 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 832 26 days 145 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 853 27 days 161 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 740 39 days 149 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 766 34 days 149 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 839 37 days 147 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 896 25 days 163 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 802 27 days 149 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 834 21 days 134 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 1,005 18 days 131 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 877 17 days 127 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 755 21 days 133 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 797 16 days 123 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 866 19 days 131 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 872 14 days 143 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 840 14 days 137 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 848 12 days 143 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 951 14 days 140 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 906 17 days 145 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 761 15 days 136 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 730 20 days 126 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 761 13 days 129 days