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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, 98% 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 1,498 98% 93%
2016–17 1,648 99% 95%
2015–16 1,455 100% 96%
2014–15 1,613 100% 96%
2013–14 1,600 98% 96%
2012–13 1,743 88% 93%
2011–12 1,975 86% 90%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 383 100% 93%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 354 96% 93%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 391 97% 94%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 370 100% 94%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 413 99% 95%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 355 99% 95%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 421 100% 95%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 459 100% 95%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 388 100% 95%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 297 100% 95%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 398 100% 96%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 372 100% 96%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 433 100% 95%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 376 100% 96%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 397 100% 97%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 407 100% 97%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 396 99% 97%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 328 98% 95%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 426 99% 96%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 450 95% 96%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 398 96% 95%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 355 93% 93%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 469 81% 94%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 521 85% 92%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 469 85% 90%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 490 87% 89%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 493 87% 91%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 523 85% 90%

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, 84% 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 2,125 84% 85%
2016–17 1,773 91% 85%
2015–16 1,770 91% 84%
2014–15 1,779 87% 85%
2013–14 1,559 88% 80%
2012–13 1,255 87% 77%
2011–12 1,301 81% 76%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 600 87% 84%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 528 74% 81%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 523 85% 86%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 474 92% 87%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 450 91% 83%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 388 91% 82%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 479 91% 86%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 456 93% 88%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 518 88% 84%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 386 96% 81%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 463 86% 84%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 403 97% 85%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 436 89% 84%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 422 87% 83%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 414 88% 87%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 507 84% 86%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 449 75% 83%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 338 89% 78%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 363 96% 80%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 409 94% 80%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 304 96% 79%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 299 94% 76%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 355 79% 78%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 297 81% 77%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 283 75% 75%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 318 77% 72%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 342 89% 78%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 358 82% 79%

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, 88% 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 1,217 88% 91%
2016–17 1,314 89% 93%
2015–16 1,226 81% 93%
2014–15 1,201 84% 94%
2013–14 1,278 84% 91%
2012–13 1,313 77% 89%
2011–12 989 78% 89%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 371 85% 90%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 291 87% 89%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 218 91% 92%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 337 91% 94%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 333 89% 92%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 344 90% 94%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 311 89% 94%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 326 88% 94%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 347 75% 92%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 292 84% 93%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 278 80% 93%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 309 84% 94%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 306 82% 93%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 282 83% 95%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 301 85% 95%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 312 84% 94%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 292 78% 92%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 318 84% 92%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 287 90% 91%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 381 85% 91%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 362 81% 89%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 351 81% 90%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 303 68% 87%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 297 78% 90%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 203 70% 87%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 221 75% 88%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 270 83% 89%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 295 82% 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 13 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 1,498 13 days 12 days
2016–17 1,648 13 days 11 days
2015–16 1,455 12 days 10 days
2014–15 1,613 12 days 10 days
2013–14 1,600 13 days 10 days
2012–13 1,743 14 days 10 days
2011–12 1,975 13 days 11 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 383 13 days 13 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 354 14 days 12 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 391 14 days 12 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 370 13 days 12 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 413 14 days 12 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 355 13 days 11 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 421 13 days 11 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 459 13 days 11 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 388 13 days 11 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 297 12 days 10 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 398 12 days 10 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 372 12 days 10 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 433 13 days 11 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 376 12 days 10 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 397 11 days 10 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 407 13 days 10 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 396 14 days 10 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 328 13 days 10 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 426 13 days 10 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 450 14 days 10 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 398 13 days 10 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 355 13 days 9 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 469 15 days 10 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 521 15 days 11 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 469 13 days 11 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 490 13 days 11 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 493 13 days 10 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 523 12 days 10 days

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 2 surgery was 50 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 2,125 50 days 51 days
2016–17 1,773 45 days 49 days
2015–16 1,770 48 days 49 days
2014–15 1,779 51 days 47 days
2013–14 1,559 49 days 49 days
2012–13 1,255 52 days 50 days
2011–12 1,301 56 days 50 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 600 48 days 51 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 528 56 days 57 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 523 52 days 50 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 474 49 days 48 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 450 43 days 50 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 388 44 days 54 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 479 48 days 47 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 456 44 days 45 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 518 50 days 49 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 386 47 days 52 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 463 55 days 48 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 403 47 days 47 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 436 51 days 48 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 422 50 days 50 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 414 49 days 44 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 507 54 days 43 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 449 55 days 47 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 338 48 days 53 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 363 45 days 49 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 409 48 days 46 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 304 46 days 49 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 299 49 days 54 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 355 56 days 49 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 297 57 days 49 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 283 62 days 52 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 318 58 days 57 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 342 50 days 48 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 358 55 days 47 days

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 3 surgery was 187 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 1,217 187 days 163 days
2016–17 1,314 196 days 153 days
2015–16 1,226 195 days 152 days
2014–15 1,201 200 days 143 days
2013–14 1,278 171 days 128 days
2012–13 1,313 211 days 140 days
2011–12 989 263 days 134 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 371 185 days 186 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 291 188 days 169 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 218 203 days 148 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 337 182 days 147 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 333 213 days 167 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 344 196 days 155 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 311 185 days 143 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 326 179 days 145 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 347 268 days 161 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 292 158 days 149 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 278 215 days 149 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 309 161 days 147 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 306 189 days 163 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 282 208 days 149 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 301 196 days 134 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 312 221 days 131 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 292 226 days 127 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 318 161 days 133 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 287 166 days 123 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 381 154 days 131 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 362 189 days 143 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 351 175 days 137 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 303 277 days 143 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 297 219 days 140 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 203 316 days 145 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 221 293 days 136 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 270 242 days 126 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 295 233 days 129 days