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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 93%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 3,040 100% 93%
2016–17 2,968 99% 95%
2015–16 2,967 99% 96%
2014–15 3,147 99% 96%
2013–14 3,200 100% 96%
2012–13 3,299 98% 93%
2011–12 3,142 92% 90%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 737 100% 93%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 757 100% 93%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 782 100% 94%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 764 100% 94%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 727 100% 95%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 660 98% 95%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 785 100% 95%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 796 100% 95%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 753 100% 95%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 695 100% 95%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 771 100% 96%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 748 98% 96%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 760 98% 95%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 753 100% 96%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 831 100% 97%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 803 100% 97%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 747 99% 97%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 742 100% 95%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 871 100% 96%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 840 100% 96%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 899 100% 95%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 749 98% 93%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 807 98% 94%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 844 96% 92%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 719 92% 90%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 751 94% 89%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 812 92% 91%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 860 91% 90%

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, 98% 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 3,427 98% 85%
2016–17 3,598 99% 85%
2015–16 3,466 94% 84%
2014–15 3,382 95% 85%
2013–14 3,318 91% 80%
2012–13 2,934 88% 77%
2011–12 2,847 87% 76%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 832 97% 84%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 870 96% 81%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 817 98% 86%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 908 100% 87%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 887 99% 83%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 853 99% 82%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 936 99% 86%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 922 100% 88%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 877 96% 84%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 816 94% 81%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 865 94% 84%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 908 91% 85%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 841 94% 84%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 755 97% 83%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 883 94% 87%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 903 95% 86%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 910 95% 83%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 806 91% 78%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 792 91% 80%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 810 87% 80%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 798 86% 79%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 674 87% 76%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 695 86% 78%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 767 91% 77%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 733 86% 75%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 686 88% 72%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 683 87% 78%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 745 87% 79%

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, 94% 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 3,080 94% 91%
2016–17 2,765 98% 93%
2015–16 2,700 96% 93%
2014–15 2,538 93% 94%
2013–14 2,540 89% 91%
2012–13 3,025 84% 89%
2011–12 3,013 86% 89%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 815 89% 90%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 764 91% 89%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 728 96% 92%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 773 100% 94%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 743 98% 92%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 718 97% 94%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 602 99% 94%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 702 99% 94%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 711 99% 92%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 687 95% 93%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 626 94% 93%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 676 94% 94%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 606 91% 93%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 626 96% 95%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 595 92% 95%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 711 91% 94%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 634 92% 92%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 674 90% 92%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 586 85% 91%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 646 87% 91%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 732 79% 89%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 611 88% 90%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 920 83% 87%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 762 86% 90%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 745 86% 87%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 770 86% 88%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 607 85% 89%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 891 88% 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 9 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 3,040 9 days 12 days
2016–17 2,968 8 days 11 days
2015–16 2,967 8 days 10 days
2014–15 3,147 9 days 10 days
2013–14 3,200 10 days 10 days
2012–13 3,299 9 days 10 days
2011–12 3,142 11 days 11 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 737 9 days 13 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 757 10 days 12 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 782 8 days 12 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 764 9 days 12 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 727 11 days 12 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 660 8 days 11 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 785 7 days 11 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 796 9 days 11 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 753 9 days 11 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 695 8 days 10 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 771 7 days 10 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 748 10 days 10 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 760 9 days 11 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 753 8 days 10 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 831 9 days 10 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 803 11 days 10 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 747 10 days 10 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 742 8 days 10 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 871 10 days 10 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 840 10 days 10 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 899 9 days 10 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 749 8 days 9 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 807 9 days 10 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 844 9 days 11 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 719 11 days 11 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 751 11 days 11 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 812 12 days 10 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 860 11 days 10 days

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 2 surgery was 49 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 3,427 49 days 51 days
2016–17 3,598 47 days 49 days
2015–16 3,466 48 days 49 days
2014–15 3,382 45 days 47 days
2013–14 3,318 47 days 49 days
2012–13 2,934 50 days 50 days
2011–12 2,847 53 days 50 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 832 48 days 51 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 870 51 days 57 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 817 50 days 50 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 908 49 days 48 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 887 47 days 50 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 853 49 days 54 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 936 44 days 47 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 922 48 days 45 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 877 47 days 49 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 816 45 days 52 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 865 48 days 48 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 908 49 days 47 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 841 47 days 48 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 755 44 days 50 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 883 44 days 44 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 903 43 days 43 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 910 41 days 47 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 806 49 days 53 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 792 49 days 49 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 810 48 days 46 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 798 51 days 49 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 674 54 days 54 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 695 49 days 49 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 767 48 days 49 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 733 52 days 52 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 686 55 days 57 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 683 54 days 48 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 745 49 days 47 days

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 3 surgery was 209 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 3,080 209 days 163 days
2016–17 2,765 197 days 153 days
2015–16 2,700 214 days 152 days
2014–15 2,538 240 days 143 days
2013–14 2,540 265 days 128 days
2012–13 3,025 285 days 140 days
2011–12 3,013 255 days 134 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 815 245 days 186 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 764 191 days 169 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 728 204 days 148 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 773 213 days 147 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 743 218 days 167 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 718 170 days 155 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 602 197 days 143 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 702 211 days 145 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 711 211 days 161 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 687 207 days 149 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 626 204 days 149 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 676 239 days 147 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 606 240 days 163 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 626 236 days 149 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 595 244 days 134 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 711 242 days 131 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 634 259 days 127 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 674 246 days 133 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 586 268 days 123 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 646 277 days 131 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 732 312 days 143 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 611 282 days 137 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 920 274 days 143 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 762 275 days 140 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 745 287 days 145 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 770 264 days 136 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 607 232 days 126 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 891 230 days 129 days