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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 97%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 560 100% 97%
2016–17 522 100% 96%
2015–16 616 100% 97%
2014–15 594 100% 98%
2013–14 597 100% 97%
2012–13 590 86% 95%
2011–12 629 74% 92%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 181 99% 96%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 125 100% 97%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 134 100% 97%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 120 100% 96%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 147 99% 96%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 125 100% 96%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 119 100% 96%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 131 100% 97%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 155 100% 97%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 148 99% 97%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 137 99% 97%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 176 100% 98%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 144 100% 97%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 133 100% 97%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 146 100% 98%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 171 100% 98%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 154 99% 97%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 129 100% 97%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 148 100% 98%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 166 100% 97%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 122 100% 96%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 128 99% 95%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 185 80% 94%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 155 72% 94%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 159 76% 92%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 156 79% 92%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 158 67% 93%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 156 72% 92%

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 85%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 464 100% 85%
2016–17 415 100% 87%
2015–16 336 99% 85%
2014–15 346 98% 85%
2013–14 529 98% 78%
2012–13 465 90% 75%
2011–12 406 75% 77%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 133 100% 84%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 103 100% 82%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 113 100% 86%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 115 100% 88%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 110 100% 87%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 96 100% 85%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 97 100% 88%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 112 100% 87%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 86 100% 85%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 80 95% 84%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 74 99% 86%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 96 100% 87%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 83 100% 84%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 76 100% 83%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 79 99% 87%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 108 94% 85%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 134 96% 82%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 138 97% 76%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 125 98% 78%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 132 100% 77%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 144 100% 74%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 116 96% 73%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 103 75% 76%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 102 86% 77%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 116 80% 77%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 95 75% 73%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 98 70% 79%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 97 73% 80%

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 94%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 153 100% 94%
2016–17 99 98% 95%
2015–16 91 99% 95%
2014–15 117 100% 96%
2013–14 129 100% 93%
2012–13 120 93% 91%
2011–12 77 95% 91%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 46 100% 93%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 53 100% 93%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 19 100% 93%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 35 100% 95%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 32 94% 95%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 16 100% 95%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 27 100% 95%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 24 100% 96%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 22 100% 95%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 26 96% 95%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 20 100% 95%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 23 100% 96%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 27 100% 95%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 36 100% 96%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 29 100% 96%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 25 100% 95%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 32 100% 94%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 46 100% 94%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 15 100% 92%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 36 100% 93%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 56 98% 92%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 34 91% 92%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 15 73% 91%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 15 93% 91%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 23 100% 89%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 22 100% 91%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 15 87% 92%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 17 88% 92%

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 13 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 560 13 days 13 days
2016–17 522 13 days 13 days
2015–16 616 15 days 11 days
2014–15 594 13 days 11 days
2013–14 597 14 days 11 days
2012–13 590 15 days 12 days
2011–12 629 20 days 12 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 181 13 days 13 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 125 13 days 13 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 134 12 days 13 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 120 12 days 13 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 147 14 days 13 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 125 14 days 13 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 119 11 days 12 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 131 14 days 12 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 155 20 days 12 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 148 17 days 11 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 137 12 days 11 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 176 13 days 11 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 144 15 days 12 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 133 12 days 11 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 146 12 days 10 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 171 13 days 10 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 154 14 days 11 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 129 15 days 10 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 148 18 days 11 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 166 13 days 12 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 122 13 days 13 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 128 12 days 11 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 185 15 days 12 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 155 19 days 12 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 159 21 days 12 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 156 20 days 12 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 158 21 days 12 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 156 19 days 12 days

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 2 surgery was 39 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 51 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 464 39 days 51 days
2016–17 415 49 days 49 days
2015–16 336 42 days 48 days
2014–15 346 41 days 49 days
2013–14 529 40 days 55 days
2012–13 465 48 days 56 days
2011–12 406 63 days 53 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 133 37 days 52 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 103 43 days 56 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 113 33 days 51 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 115 46 days 48 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 110 60 days 49 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 96 54 days 53 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 97 48 days 47 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 112 49 days 47 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 86 38 days 49 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 80 43 days 50 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 74 39 days 46 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 96 43 days 48 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 83 43 days 48 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 76 45 days 53 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 79 35 days 48 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 108 41 days 48 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 134 41 days 52 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 138 39 days 60 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 125 37 days 54 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 132 45 days 56 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 144 42 days 57 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 116 48 days 60 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 103 74 days 55 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 102 48 days 55 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 116 53 days 55 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 95 65 days 57 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 98 72 days 50 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 97 63 days 50 days

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 3 surgery was 124 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 134 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 153 124 days 134 days
2016–17 99 138 days 124 days
2015–16 91 139 days 125 days
2014–15 117 129 days 134 days
2013–14 129 113 days 139 days
2012–13 120 131 days 141 days
2011–12 77 232 days 132 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 46 98 days 160 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 53 124 days 148 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 19 147 days 123 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 35 131 days 119 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 32 126 days 138 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 16 146 days 131 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 27 181 days 117 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 24 135 days 114 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 22 178 days 125 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 26 129 days 126 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 20 176 days 125 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 23 111 days 124 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 27 113 days 143 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 36 145 days 137 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 29 117 days 124 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 25 133 days 133 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 32 142 days 132 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 46 110 days 140 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 15 108 days 133 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 36 118 days 145 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 56 130 days 147 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 34 132 days 138 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 15 240 days 139 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 15 139 days 138 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 23 228 days 148 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 22 302 days 133 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 15 232 days 119 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 17 186 days 128 days