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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 96%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 790 100% 96%
2016–17 657 100% 97%
2015–16 782 100% 97%
2014–15 745 100% 97%
2013–14 781 100% 97%
2012–13 803 95% 94%
2011–12 748 81% 90%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 193 100% 96%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 175 100% 96%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 211 100% 97%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 211 100% 97%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 145 100% 95%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 186 100% 97%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 159 99% 98%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 167 99% 98%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 219 100% 98%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 178 100% 97%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 202 100% 96%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 183 100% 96%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 164 100% 97%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 175 100% 98%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 183 100% 98%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 223 100% 97%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 189 100% 97%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 173 100% 97%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 221 100% 98%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 198 100% 96%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 207 99% 95%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 184 100% 95%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 190 95% 93%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 222 87% 93%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 194 76% 90%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 194 87% 89%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 180 89% 91%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 180 72% 89%

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 90%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 1,043 100% 90%
2016–17 1,151 98% 89%
2015–16 1,013 99% 87%
2014–15 1,037 100% 86%
2013–14 1,078 100% 82%
2012–13 1,042 85% 78%
2011–12 986 82% 77%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 274 100% 90%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 241 100% 89%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 239 100% 90%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 289 100% 91%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 274 100% 88%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 251 94% 87%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 313 98% 90%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 313 99% 90%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 281 99% 85%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 243 98% 85%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 229 100% 89%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 260 100% 89%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 271 100% 87%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 280 100% 86%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 218 99% 86%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 268 100% 86%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 240 100% 83%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 252 100% 80%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 312 99% 82%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 274 100% 83%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 279 99% 78%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 245 80% 76%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 249 76% 80%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 269 83% 78%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 231 88% 77%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 227 81% 72%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 233 79% 80%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 295 79% 79%

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, 96% of patients received Category 3 surgery within 365 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 96%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 1,996 96% 96%
2016–17 1,952 93% 93%
2015–16 1,971 95% 92%
2014–15 1,905 98% 92%
2013–14 1,654 99% 92%
2012–13 1,919 85% 90%
2011–12 2,082 78% 89%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 465 99% 95%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 515 97% 96%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 495 95% 96%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 521 94% 97%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 484 91% 93%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 458 92% 93%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 471 95% 92%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 539 95% 94%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 489 92% 90%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 498 97% 94%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 473 94% 93%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 511 96% 92%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 488 98% 92%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 500 98% 93%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 482 96% 91%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 435 98% 93%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 381 99% 93%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 390 99% 91%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 332 99% 90%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 551 100% 92%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 490 91% 92%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 485 84% 90%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 467 80% 88%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 477 86% 89%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 502 85% 89%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 557 79% 89%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 492 71% 88%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 531 78% 88%

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 12 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 14 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 790 12 days 14 days
2016–17 657 13 days 13 days
2015–16 782 12 days 13 days
2014–15 745 13 days 13 days
2013–14 781 14 days 13 days
2012–13 803 17 days 14 days
2011–12 748 19 days 14 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 193 14 days 15 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 175 12 days 14 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 211 12 days 14 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 211 12 days 13 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 145 15 days 14 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 186 12 days 14 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 159 14 days 13 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 167 12 days 13 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 219 14 days 14 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 178 13 days 13 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 202 12 days 13 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 183 10 days 13 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 164 13 days 13 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 175 10 days 13 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 183 14 days 13 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 223 14 days 14 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 189 13 days 14 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 173 16 days 13 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 221 15 days 13 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 198 15 days 13 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 207 19 days 14 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 184 15 days 13 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 190 19 days 14 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 222 17 days 14 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 194 22 days 15 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 194 16 days 14 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 180 13 days 14 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 180 22 days 14 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 49 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,043 39 days 49 days
2016–17 1,151 40 days 50 days
2015–16 1,013 45 days 52 days
2014–15 1,037 47 days 55 days
2013–14 1,078 53 days 56 days
2012–13 1,042 65 days 57 days
2011–12 986 67 days 58 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 274 42 days 49 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 241 41 days 51 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 239 31 days 48 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 289 42 days 47 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 274 34 days 50 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 251 42 days 54 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 313 41 days 48 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 313 36 days 48 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 281 43 days 53 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 243 45 days 56 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 229 44 days 51 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 260 48 days 49 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 271 36 days 53 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 280 48 days 58 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 218 42 days 55 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 268 62 days 54 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 240 49 days 56 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 252 36 days 63 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 312 59 days 54 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 274 59 days 51 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 279 64 days 59 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 245 73 days 59 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 249 68 days 55 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 269 59 days 56 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 231 58 days 59 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 227 67 days 66 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 233 69 days 54 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 295 72 days 55 days

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 3 surgery was 287 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 223 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,996 287 days 223 days
2016–17 1,952 310 days 229 days
2015–16 1,971 296 days 233 days
2014–15 1,905 312 days 224 days
2013–14 1,654 310 days 230 days
2012–13 1,919 329 days 238 days
2011–12 2,082 338 days 234 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 465 290 days 228 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 515 269 days 228 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 495 267 days 216 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 521 301 days 218 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 484 319 days 239 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 458 317 days 234 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 471 315 days 213 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 539 293 days 225 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 489 304 days 254 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 498 297 days 232 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 473 275 days 218 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 511 299 days 226 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 488 309 days 231 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 500 311 days 224 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 482 309 days 207 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 435 317 days 230 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 381 302 days 226 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 390 301 days 243 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 332 308 days 216 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 551 322 days 232 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 490 319 days 246 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 485 340 days 233 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 467 336 days 231 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 477 324 days 238 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 502 322 days 241 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 557 335 days 237 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 492 345 days 224 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 531 346 days 234 days