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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 23 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 555 23 days Not peered
2016–17 566 16 days Not peered
2015–16 581 23 days 16 days
2014–15 593 25 days 16 days
2013–14 623 15 days 18 days
2012–13 631 14 days 17 days
2011–12 700 12 days 16 days

Surgery by cardio-thoracic 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 cardio-thoracic surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 555 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 566 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 581 0.0% 0.1%
2014–15 593 0.0% 0.1%
2013–14 623 0.0% 0.1%
2012–13 631 0.0% 0.2%
2011–12 700 0.0% 0.1%

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 194 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 542 194 days Not peered
2016–17 521 105 days Not peered
2015–16 507 63 days 67 days
2014–15 490 92 days 57 days
2013–14 465 71 days 57 days
2012–13 448 46 days 53 days
2011–12 412 80 days 51 days

Surgery by ear, nose and throat 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 ear, nose and throat surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 542 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 521 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 507 0.0% 5.0%
2014–15 490 0.0% 4.7%
2013–14 465 0.0% 5.8%
2012–13 448 0.7% 7.3%
2011–12 412 6.6% 7.0%

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 9 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 531 9 days Not peered
2016–17 545 12 days Not peered
2015–16 600 13 days 75 days
2014–15 651 14 days 70 days
2013–14 650 18 days 63 days
2012–13 745 14 days 62 days
2011–12 657 15 days 62 days

Surgery by eye 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 eye surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 531 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 545 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 600 0.0% 1.6%
2014–15 651 0.0% 1.4%
2013–14 650 0.0% 2.8%
2012–13 745 0.0% 4.2%
2011–12 657 0.0% 6.5%

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 12 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 2,150 12 days Not peered
2016–17 2,222 13 days Not peered
2015–16 2,121 16 days 28 days
2014–15 2,710 15 days 26 days
2013–14 2,839 14 days 28 days
2012–13 2,824 12 days 27 days
2011–12 3,012 13 days 28 days

Surgery by general 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 general surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 2,150 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 2,222 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 2,121 0.0% 2.2%
2014–15 2,710 0.0% 1.6%
2013–14 2,839 0.0% 2.5%
2012–13 2,824 0.0% 3.1%
2011–12 3,012 0.0% 2.7%

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 7 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 2,132 7 days Not peered
2016–17 2,267 7 days Not peered
2015–16 2,506 7 days 27 days
2014–15 2,740 7 days 26 days
2013–14 2,859 7 days 27 days
2012–13 2,749 7 days 28 days
2011–12 2,955 7 days 27 days

Surgery by gynaecological 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 gynaecological surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 2,132 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 2,267 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 2,506 0.0% 1.8%
2014–15 2,740 0.0% 0.9%
2013–14 2,859 0.0% 1.1%
2012–13 2,749 0.0% 1.9%
2011–12 2,955 0.0% 1.3%

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 9 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 509 9 days Not peered
2016–17 473 13 days Not peered
2015–16 488 13 days 35 days
2014–15 473 9 days 30 days
2013–14 498 13 days 31 days
2012–13 513 13 days 31 days
2011–12 555 18 days 32 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
2017–18 509 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 473 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 488 0.0% 1.4%
2014–15 473 0.0% 1.0%
2013–14 498 0.0% 3.6%
2012–13 513 0.0% 3.0%
2011–12 555 0.4% 3.0%

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 6 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 726 6 days Not peered
2016–17 648 7 days Not peered
2015–16 673 7 days 51 days
2014–15 633 7 days 52 days
2013–14 561 6 days 53 days
2012–13 603 5 days 48 days
2011–12 585 5 days 47 days

Surgery by orthopaedic 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 orthopaedic surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 726 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 648 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 673 0.0% 3.7%
2014–15 633 0.0% 3.2%
2013–14 561 0.0% 6.6%
2012–13 603 0.0% 6.7%
2011–12 585 0.0% 5.3%

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 30 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 101 30 days Not peered

Surgery by paediatric 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 paediatric surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 101 0.0% 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 7 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 877 7 days Not peered
2016–17 875 8 days Not peered
2015–16 739 11 days 27 days
2014–15 864 8 days 22 days
2013–14 849 8 days 22 days
2012–13 990 8 days 21 days
2011–12 719 10 days 23 days

Surgery by plastic 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 plastic surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 877 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 875 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 739 0.0% 2.4%
2014–15 864 0.0% 1.9%
2013–14 849 0.0% 2.6%
2012–13 990 0.0% 1.8%
2011–12 719 0.1% 2.2%

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 14 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,614 14 days Not peered
2016–17 1,550 12 days Not peered
2015–16 1,622 15 days 27 days
2014–15 1,470 13 days 25 days
2013–14 1,555 12 days 26 days
2012–13 1,436 9 days 26 days
2011–12 1,421 10 days 27 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 1,614 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 1,550 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 1,622 0.0% 0.9%
2014–15 1,470 0.0% 0.7%
2013–14 1,555 0.0% 1.1%
2012–13 1,436 0.1% 1.4%
2011–12 1,421 0.1% 1.3%

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).

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

Surgery by vascular surgeons: median waiting times

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

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 424 14 days Not peered
2016–17 386 15 days Not peered
2015–16 457 15 days 20 days
2014–15 441 20 days 18 days
2013–14 419 15 days 18 days
2012–13 409 15 days 18 days
2011–12 388 14 days 17 days

Surgery by vascular 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 vascular surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 424 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 386 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 457 0.0% 0.7%
2014–15 441 0.0% 0.7%
2013–14 419 0.0% 1.0%
2012–13 409 0.0% 0.9%
2011–12 388 0.0% 0.7%

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 8 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 205 8 days Not peered
2016–17 180 14 days Not peered
2015–16 190 16 days 20 days
2014–15 197 18 days 20 days
2013–14 131 13 days 18 days
2012–13 150 19 days 20 days
2011–12 164 14 days 23 days

Surgery by other types of surgeon: 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 all other types of surgeon at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 205 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 180 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 190 0.0% 0.3%
2014–15 197 0.0% 0.4%
2013–14 131 0.0% 0.4%
2012–13 150 0.0% 0.5%
2011–12 164 0.0% 0.5%