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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 99%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 94 100% 99%
2016–17 146 100% 99%
2015–16 151 100% 98%
2014–15 110 100% 99%
2013–14 82 100% 99%
2012–13 188 90% 96%
2011–12 306 96% 92%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 31 100% 99%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 19 100% 99%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 25 100% 99%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 19 100% 99%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 20 100% 99%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 22 100% 98%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 55 100% 99%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 49 100% 99%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 49 100% 98%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 34 100% 99%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 32 100% 98%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 36 100% 98%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 22 100% 99%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 12 100% 99%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 47 100% 99%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 29 100% 99%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 21 100% 98%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 22 100% 99%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 15 100% 99%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 24 100% 98%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 31 100% 98%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 30 100% 96%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 66 83% 96%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 61 89% 94%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 103 92% 94%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 59 98% 91%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 64 100% 92%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 80 96% 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 98%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 655 100% 98%
2016–17 620 100% 98%
2015–16 610 100% 96%
2014–15 657 100% 96%
2013–14 758 99% 95%
2012–13 779 99% 91%
2011–12 736 98% 89%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 169 100% 98%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 136 100% 98%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 172 100% 98%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 178 100% 99%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 173 100% 99%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 140 100% 97%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 141 100% 98%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 166 100% 97%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 175 100% 97%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 132 100% 95%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 157 100% 95%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 146 100% 96%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 192 100% 96%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 63 100% 96%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 197 100% 96%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 205 100% 96%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 187 100% 96%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 166 100% 95%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 207 98% 95%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 198 99% 94%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 228 100% 94%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 175 99% 90%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 203 100% 92%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 173 99% 90%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 195 94% 91%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 171 99% 86%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 181 100% 89%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 189 98% 89%

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 100%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 342 100% 100%
2016–17 289 100% 99%
2015–16 370 100% 98%
2014–15 376 100% 99%
2013–14 401 100% 99%
2012–13 326 100% 98%
2011–12 360 99% 97%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 112 100% 100%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 92 100% 100%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 56 100% 99%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 82 100% 100%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 79 100% 99%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 62 100% 99%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 72 100% 99%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 76 100% 99%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 95 100% 98%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 58 100% 99%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 101 100% 98%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 116 100% 97%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 118 100% 98%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 60 100% 99%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 88 100% 99%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 110 100% 99%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 89 99% 99%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 69 100% 99%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 130 99% 99%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 113 100% 99%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 95 99% 98%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 63 100% 98%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 84 100% 97%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 84 100% 98%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 94 98% 97%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 78 100% 97%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 85 100% 97%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 103 100% 97%

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 7 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 94 7 days 12 days
2016–17 146 9 days 11 days
2015–16 151 12 days 11 days
2014–15 110 12 days 9 days
2013–14 82 12 days 8 days
2012–13 188 14 days 9 days
2011–12 306 14 days 11 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 31 7 days 11 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 19 14 days 12 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 25 7 days 11 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 19 13 days 12 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 20 10 days 12 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 22 9 days 11 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 55 7 days 11 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 49 9 days 10 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 49 8 days 12 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 34 13 days 12 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 32 12 days 11 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 36 12 days 11 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 22 8 days 10 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 12 20 days 9 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 47 12 days 9 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 29 11 days 8 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 21 18 days 9 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 22 10 days 8 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 15 6 days 8 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 24 13 days 8 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 31 14 days 10 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 30 11 days 8 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 66 18 days 9 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 61 18 days 10 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 103 17 days 9 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 59 25 days 12 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 64 12 days 10 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 80 11 days 11 days

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 2 surgery was 24 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 36 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 655 24 days 36 days
2016–17 620 21 days 35 days
2015–16 610 14 days 36 days
2014–15 657 15 days 34 days
2013–14 758 16 days 35 days
2012–13 779 17 days 36 days
2011–12 736 19 days 37 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 169 21 days 35 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 136 27 days 38 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 172 28 days 36 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 178 22 days 37 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 173 21 days 34 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 140 28 days 36 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 141 20 days 35 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 166 14 days 33 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 175 15 days 35 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 132 17 days 39 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 157 14 days 36 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 146 12 days 35 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 192 16 days 35 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 63 27 days 35 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 197 13 days 32 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 205 14 days 34 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 187 15 days 34 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 166 18 days 35 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 207 20 days 35 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 198 14 days 35 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 228 18 days 36 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 175 21 days 37 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 203 15 days 35 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 173 14 days 35 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 195 22 days 35 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 171 17 days 42 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 181 20 days 36 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 189 16 days 36 days

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 3 surgery was 67 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 84 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 342 67 days 84 days
2016–17 289 64 days 84 days
2015–16 370 66 days 86 days
2014–15 376 81 days 83 days
2013–14 401 60 days 83 days
2012–13 326 64 days 81 days
2011–12 360 65 days 69 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 112 44 days 82 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 92 101 days 96 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 56 80 days 84 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 82 64 days 78 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 79 73 days 80 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 62 88 days 94 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 72 42 days 79 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 76 40 days 84 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 95 64 days 87 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 58 81 days 98 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 101 56 days 83 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 116 64 days 77 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 118 97 days 84 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 60 97 days 90 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 88 80 days 81 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 110 60 days 81 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 89 78 days 84 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 69 84 days 98 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 130 50 days 77 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 113 50 days 74 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 95 74 days 89 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 63 70 days 84 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 84 53 days 75 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 84 53 days 78 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 94 65 days 71 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 78 84 days 75 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 85 65 days 63 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 103 62 days 66 days