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Time spent in hospitals and emergency departments

Length of stay for selected surgical procedures

Appendix removal is a surgical procedure, either through keyhole surgery or open surgery. The data presented here relate to patients who stayed one or more nights for the removal of the appendix without complications, malignant cancer or peritonitis.

Appendix removal: average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 53 stays for appendix removal, of which 100% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2013–14 53 2.6 days 2.0 days 140
2012–13 36 2.8 days 2.1 days 100
2011–12 33 1.9 days 2.1 days 64
2010–11 34 2.3 days 2.1 days 77
2009–10 58 2.3 days 2.2 days 131

Gallbladder removal, or cholecystectomy, is a surgical procedure generally performed to treat a patient for gallstones. The data presented here relate to patients who had their gallbladder removed using keyhole surgery and who stayed one or more nights without complications.

Gallbladder removal: average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 62 stays for gallbladder removal, of which 100% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2013–14 62 1.3 days 1.3 days 78
2012–13 67 1.5 days 1.3 days 102
2011–12 60 1.4 days 1.3 days 84
2010–11 67 1.6 days 1.4 days 108
2009–10 90 1.4 days 1.4 days 123

Gynaecological reconstructive procedures are repairs to the female reproductive system for conditions such as prolapse. The data presented here relate to women who stayed one or more nights for gynaecological reconstructive procedures without complications.

Gynaecological reconstructive procedures: average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 21 stays for gynaecological reconstructive procedures, of which 95% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
In 2009–10 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.
2013–14 20 1.8 days 2.0 days 35
2012–13 12 2.3 days 2.1 days 27
2011–12 10 2.4 days 2.3 days 24
2010–11 17 2.8 days 2.2 days 47
2009–10 8 - 2.3 days -

In 2009–10 there were too few patients to allow calculation of this indicator.

Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of a woman's uterus (or womb). The data presented here relate to women who stayed one or more nights for a hysterectomy without complications and where there was no malignant cancer.

Hysterectomy: average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 25 stays for hysterectomy, of which 100% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2013–14 25 2.8 days 2.7 days 70
2012–13 34 3.1 days 2.8 days 105
2011–12 31 3.2 days 3.0 days 99
2010–11 29 3.4 days 3.1 days 98
2009–10 25 3.2 days 3.2 days 81

Knee replacements and hip replacements are surgical procedures to replace damaged knee or hip joints, most commonly for arthritis. The data presented here relate to patients who stayed one or more nights for knee replacements without complications and for hip replacements without complications.

Knee replacement: average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 54 stays for knee replacement, of which 100% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2013–14 54 3.8 days 5.1 days 205
2012–13 28 4.5 days 5.4 days 127
2011–12 41 5.6 days 5.9 days 229
2010–11 32 6.2 days 5.9 days 198
2009–10 40 5.7 days 6.1 days 227

Hip replacement: average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 39 stays for hip replacement, of which 100% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2013–14 39 4.9 days 5.4 days 190
2012–13 37 5.9 days 5.6 days 219
2011–12 34 4.9 days 5.9 days 168
2010–11 43 6.7 days 6.3 days 290
2009–10 43 6.6 days 6.6 days 285

Prostate removal is the surgical removal of all or part of the prostate gland, most commonly performed through the urethra. The data presented here relate to men who stayed one or more nights for transurethral prostate removal without complications.

Prostate removal: average length of stay

In 2012–13 there were no patients who had this surgery.