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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
2017–18 163 23 days Not peered
2016–17 176 28 days Not peered
2015–16 134 20 days 16 days
2014–15 185 23 days 16 days
2013–14 183 26 days 18 days
2012–13 176 22 days 17 days
2011–12 174 24 days 16 days

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

In 2017–18, 0.6% 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
2017–18 163 0.6% Not peered
2016–17 176 1.7% Not peered
2015–16 134 0.0% 0.1%
2014–15 185 0.0% 0.1%
2013–14 183 0.0% 0.1%
2012–13 176 1.1% 0.2%
2011–12 174 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 343 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 981 343 days Not peered
2016–17 1,065 309 days Not peered
2015–16 905 307 days 67 days
2014–15 1,024 289 days 57 days
2013–14 991 306 days 57 days
2012–13 992 300 days 53 days
2011–12 811 339 days 51 days

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

In 2017–18, 24.8% 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
2017–18 981 24.8% Not peered
2016–17 1,065 19.7% Not peered
2015–16 905 10.8% 5.0%
2014–15 1,024 3.3% 4.7%
2013–14 991 5.4% 5.8%
2012–13 992 9.3% 7.3%
2011–12 811 28.0% 7.0%

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 55 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,106 55 days Not peered
2016–17 1,128 41 days Not peered
2015–16 998 45 days 28 days
2014–15 1,010 51 days 26 days
2013–14 1,101 65 days 28 days
2012–13 1,064 45 days 27 days
2011–12 1,016 54 days 28 days

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

In 2017–18, 8.6% 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 1,106 8.6% Not peered
2016–17 1,128 3.1% Not peered
2015–16 998 7.3% 2.2%
2014–15 1,010 3.4% 1.6%
2013–14 1,101 6.6% 2.5%
2012–13 1,064 5.5% 3.1%
2011–12 1,016 4.2% 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 63 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 821 63 days Not peered
2016–17 794 68 days Not peered
2015–16 810 73 days 27 days
2014–15 825 70 days 26 days
2013–14 810 78 days 27 days
2012–13 863 77 days 28 days
2011–12 803 77 days 27 days

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

In 2017–18, 9.3% 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
2017–18 821 9.3% Not peered
2016–17 794 6.7% Not peered
2015–16 810 9.0% 1.8%
2014–15 825 3.5% 0.9%
2013–14 810 6.7% 1.1%
2012–13 863 7.0% 1.9%
2011–12 803 3.7% 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 113 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 274 113 days Not peered
2016–17 283 91 days Not peered
2015–16 270 108 days 35 days
2014–15 273 92 days 30 days
2013–14 235 76 days 31 days
2012–13 223 54 days 31 days
2011–12 225 63 days 32 days

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

In 2017–18, 10.9% 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
2017–18 274 10.9% Not peered
2016–17 283 10.2% Not peered
2015–16 270 12.6% 1.4%
2014–15 273 5.1% 1.0%
2013–14 235 6.0% 3.6%
2012–13 223 3.6% 3.0%
2011–12 225 1.8% 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 256 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,210 256 days Not peered
2016–17 1,173 305 days Not peered
2015–16 1,096 295 days 51 days
2014–15 1,008 227 days 52 days
2013–14 1,046 285 days 53 days
2012–13 933 302 days 48 days
2011–12 703 302 days 47 days

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

In 2017–18, 14.7% 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 1,210 14.7% Not peered
2016–17 1,173 13.3% Not peered
2015–16 1,096 21.0% 3.7%
2014–15 1,008 4.5% 3.2%
2013–14 1,046 10.2% 6.6%
2012–13 933 20.4% 6.7%
2011–12 703 22.6% 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 41 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 106 41 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
2017–18 106 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 21 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 649 21 days Not peered
2016–17 612 13 days Not peered
2015–16 614 18 days 27 days
2014–15 626 22 days 22 days
2013–14 713 63 days 22 days
2012–13 692 49 days 21 days
2011–12 650 30 days 23 days

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

In 2017–18, 0.9% 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
2017–18 649 0.9% Not peered
2016–17 612 1.5% Not peered
2015–16 614 0.7% 2.4%
2014–15 626 1.1% 1.9%
2013–14 713 5.0% 2.6%
2012–13 692 3.3% 1.8%
2011–12 650 3.4% 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 45 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,479 45 days Not peered
2016–17 1,368 58 days Not peered
2015–16 1,164 78 days 27 days
2014–15 1,082 70 days 25 days
2013–14 956 72 days 26 days
2012–13 961 48 days 26 days
2011–12 787 66 days 27 days

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

In 2017–18, 0.7% 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 1,479 0.7% Not peered
2016–17 1,368 1.9% Not peered
2015–16 1,164 2.1% 0.9%
2014–15 1,082 0.8% 0.7%
2013–14 956 0.9% 1.1%
2012–13 961 2.3% 1.4%
2011–12 787 1.8% 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 19 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 144 19 days Not peered
2016–17 98 13 days Not peered
2015–16 148 17 days 20 days
2014–15 168 16 days 18 days
2013–14 146 14 days 18 days
2012–13 156 13 days 18 days
2011–12 120 10 days 17 days

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

In 2017–18, 2.1% 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
2017–18 144 2.1% Not peered
2016–17 98 1.0% Not peered
2015–16 148 0.0% 0.7%
2014–15 168 0.6% 0.7%
2013–14 146 0.0% 1.0%
2012–13 156 0.0% 0.9%
2011–12 120 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 82 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 53 82 days Not peered
2016–17 39 95 days Not peered
2015–16 15 91 days 20 days
2014–15 53 329 days 20 days
2013–14 67 78 days 18 days
2012–13 60 75 days 20 days
2011–12 106 63 days 23 days

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

In 2017–18, 3.8% 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
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 53 3.8% Not peered
2016–17 39 NP Not peered
2015–16 15 NP 0.3%
2014–15 53 9.4% 0.4%
2013–14 67 10.4% 0.4%
2012–13 60 5.0% 0.5%
2011–12 106 0.0% 0.5%