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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
2017–18 154 100% 99%
2016–17 197 100% 99%
2015–16 179 100% 98%
2014–15 171 100% 99%
2013–14 203 100% 99%
2012–13 164 100% 96%
2011–12 136 100% 92%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 44 100% 99%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 29 100% 99%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 40 100% 99%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 41 100% 99%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 42 100% 99%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 42 100% 98%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 47 100% 99%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 66 100% 99%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 55 100% 98%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 29 100% 99%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 56 100% 98%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 39 100% 98%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 43 100% 99%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 36 100% 99%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 43 100% 99%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 49 100% 99%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 37 100% 98%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 44 100% 99%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 62 100% 99%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 60 100% 98%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 29 100% 98%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 29 100% 96%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 54 100% 96%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 52 100% 94%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 36 100% 94%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 31 100% 91%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 29 100% 92%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 40 100% 90%

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, 99% 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
2017–18 555 99% 98%
2016–17 562 99% 98%
2015–16 524 99% 96%
2014–15 433 100% 96%
2013–14 381 99% 95%
2012–13 353 100% 91%
2011–12 320 98% 89%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 151 98% 98%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 108 99% 98%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 154 100% 98%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 142 100% 99%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 175 99% 99%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 98 100% 97%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 155 99% 98%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 134 100% 97%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 142 99% 97%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 88 100% 95%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 138 99% 95%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 156 100% 96%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 125 99% 96%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 95 99% 96%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 108 100% 96%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 105 100% 96%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 116 99% 96%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 79 99% 95%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 95 98% 95%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 91 100% 94%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 93 99% 94%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 70 100% 90%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 95 100% 92%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 95 100% 90%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 93 99% 91%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 63 100% 86%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 84 95% 89%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 80 100% 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
2017–18 294 100% 100%
2016–17 324 97% 99%
2015–16 342 95% 98%
2014–15 330 99% 99%
2013–14 241 100% 99%
2012–13 222 100% 98%
2011–12 201 99% 97%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 64 100% 100%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 59 100% 100%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 74 100% 99%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 97 99% 100%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 88 94% 99%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 79 96% 99%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 78 99% 99%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 79 99% 99%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 129 88% 98%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 63 97% 99%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 64 100% 98%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 86 100% 97%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 89 97% 98%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 63 98% 99%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 72 100% 99%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 106 100% 99%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 68 100% 99%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 47 100% 99%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 59 100% 99%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 67 100% 99%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 51 100% 98%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 51 100% 98%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 47 100% 97%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 73 100% 98%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 58 98% 97%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 36 97% 97%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 58 100% 97%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 49 100% 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 19 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 12 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 154 19 days 12 days
2016–17 197 16 days 11 days
2015–16 179 14 days 11 days
2014–15 171 15 days 9 days
2013–14 203 15 days 8 days
2012–13 164 13 days 9 days
2011–12 136 15 days 11 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 44 19 days 11 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 29 19 days 12 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 40 14 days 11 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 41 19 days 12 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 42 15 days 12 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 42 14 days 11 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 47 19 days 11 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 66 18 days 10 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 55 14 days 12 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 29 13 days 12 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 56 15 days 11 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 39 13 days 11 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 43 14 days 10 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 36 14 days 9 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 43 15 days 9 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 49 20 days 8 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 37 12 days 9 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 44 19 days 8 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 62 19 days 8 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 60 12 days 8 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 29 13 days 10 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 29 15 days 8 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 54 13 days 9 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 52 14 days 10 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 36 18 days 9 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 31 18 days 12 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 29 8 days 10 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 40 14 days 11 days

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 2 surgery was 42 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 36 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 555 42 days 36 days
2016–17 562 46 days 35 days
2015–16 524 35 days 36 days
2014–15 433 46 days 34 days
2013–14 381 47 days 35 days
2012–13 353 48 days 36 days
2011–12 320 37 days 37 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 151 33 days 35 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 108 42 days 38 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 154 41 days 36 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 142 52 days 37 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 175 43 days 34 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 98 49 days 36 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 155 47 days 35 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 134 39 days 33 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 142 36 days 35 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 88 26 days 39 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 138 39 days 36 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 156 35 days 35 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 125 46 days 35 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 95 49 days 35 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 108 42 days 32 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 105 45 days 34 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 116 50 days 34 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 79 55 days 35 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 95 41 days 35 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 91 43 days 35 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 93 55 days 36 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 70 56 days 37 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 95 48 days 35 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 95 40 days 35 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 93 42 days 35 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 63 52 days 42 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 84 50 days 36 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 80 22 days 36 days

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 3 surgery was 219 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 84 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 294 219 days 84 days
2016–17 324 170 days 84 days
2015–16 342 173 days 86 days
2014–15 330 129 days 83 days
2013–14 241 123 days 83 days
2012–13 222 93 days 81 days
2011–12 201 66 days 69 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 64 224 days 82 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 59 228 days 96 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 74 130 days 84 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 97 229 days 78 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 88 213 days 80 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 79 194 days 94 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 78 172 days 79 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 79 132 days 84 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 129 173 days 87 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 63 216 days 98 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 64 137 days 83 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 86 163 days 77 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 89 133 days 84 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 63 142 days 90 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 72 132 days 81 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 106 103 days 81 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 68 145 days 84 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 47 128 days 98 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 59 110 days 77 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 67 115 days 74 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 51 148 days 89 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 51 97 days 84 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 47 65 days 75 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 73 86 days 78 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 58 76 days 71 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 36 74 days 75 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 58 59 days 63 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 49 61 days 66 days