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Waiting times for surgery

Elective surgery waiting times: by specialty of surgeon

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. This section shows data on waiting times for elective surgery at this hospital. 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. Data are presented by the area of clinical expertise held by the doctor performing the elective surgery (specialty of surgeon).

It was not possible to calculate comparable surgical specialty peer group data for 2016–17 or 2017–18.

This focuses on treating diseases and problems affecting the ears, nose and throat, as well as the head and neck.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by ear, nose, and throat surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by ear, nose and throat surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by ear, nose and throat surgeons was 216 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 704 216 days Not peered
2016–17 490 228 days Not peered
2015–16 443 232 days 93 days
2014–15 537 304 days 74 days
2013–14 408 230 days 73 days
2012–13 390 172 days 79 days
2011–12 248 278 days 76 days

Surgery by ear, nose and throat surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 1.8% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by ear, nose and throat surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 704 1.8% Not peered
2016–17 490 2.0% Not peered
2015–16 443 0.9% 4.8%
2014–15 537 4.8% 3.8%
2013–14 408 0.5% 3.8%
2012–13 390 16.4% 5.2%
2011–12 248 18.1% 3.7%

Surgery on the eyes is called ophthalmological surgery.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by eye surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by eye surgeons: median waiting times

In 2013–14, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by eye surgeons was 307 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 204 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2013–14 170 307 days 204 days
2012–13 538 333 days 230 days
2011–12 602 343 days 228 days

Surgery by eye surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2013–14, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by eye surgeons at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 9.3%.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2013–14 170 0.0% 9.3%
2012–13 538 7.2% 8.5%
2011–12 602 18.9% 8.6%

General surgery focuses on the organs of the abdomen (such as the stomach, intestines, gall bladder, liver and pancreas), and includes hernia repair and haemorrhoid removal. General surgeons may also treat diseases of the skin and breast.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by general surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by general surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by general surgeons was 32 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 815 32 days Not peered
2016–17 827 47 days Not peered
2015–16 881 51 days 29 days
2014–15 847 36 days 28 days
2013–14 908 27 days 28 days
2012–13 892 34 days 30 days
2011–12 737 42 days 31 days

Surgery by general surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.5% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by general surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 815 0.5% Not peered
2016–17 827 2.8% Not peered
2015–16 881 2.4% 1.4%
2014–15 847 0.0% 1.8%
2013–14 908 0.2% 1.8%
2012–13 892 4.0% 2.7%
2011–12 737 4.5% 2.0%

Gynaecological surgery focuses on the female reproductive organs.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by gynaecological surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by gynaecological surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by gynaecological surgeons was 61 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 600 61 days Not peered
2016–17 539 53 days Not peered
2015–16 482 70 days 39 days
2014–15 412 70 days 42 days
2013–14 366 53 days 40 days
2012–13 393 81 days 36 days
2011–12 415 78 days 37 days

Surgery by gynaecological surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 1.8% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by gynaecological surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 600 1.8% Not peered
2016–17 539 1.5% Not peered
2015–16 482 1.5% 1.1%
2014–15 412 1.7% 1.3%
2013–14 366 0.3% 0.6%
2012–13 393 7.6% 1.2%
2011–12 415 7.0% 1.4%

Orthopaedic surgery focuses on bones and muscles (the musculoskeletal system). It includes the repair of broken bones and injuries to ligaments and tendons, investigation and repair of damaged joints, and treatment of conditions such as bone and soft tissue tumours, cerebral palsy, back pain and skeletal deformities.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by orthopaedic surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by orthopaedic surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by orthopaedic surgeons was 308 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 923 308 days Not peered
2016–17 963 322 days Not peered
2015–16 905 316 days 92 days
2014–15 905 308 days 79 days
2013–14 876 296 days 79 days
2012–13 828 319 days 79 days
2011–12 900 328 days 78 days

Surgery by orthopaedic surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 4.9% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by orthopaedic surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 923 4.9% Not peered
2016–17 963 8.0% Not peered
2015–16 905 6.3% 6.6%
2014–15 905 1.3% 6.1%
2013–14 876 0.5% 6.7%
2012–13 828 13.8% 8.0%
2011–12 900 23.4% 7.6%

Paediatric surgery focusses on children from birth up to 15 years of age.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by paediatric surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by paediatric surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by paediatric surgeons was 83 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 18 83 days Not peered

Surgery by paediatric surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18 reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 18 NP Not peered

Plastic surgery involves the modification or reconstruction of the visible physical features of the body. It is commonly performed on people who have suffered severe injuries or burns, people who were born with physical malformations, or people whose physical appearance has been affected by a disease.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by plastic surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by plastic surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by plastic surgeons was 35 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 47 35 days Not peered
2016–17 51 66 days Not peered
2015–16 51 80 days 26 days
2014–15 38 56 days 30 days
2013–14 42 80 days 48 days
2012–13 30 28 days 30 days
2011–12 32 31 days 28 days

Surgery by plastic surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18 reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 47 NP Not peered
2016–17 51 5.9% Not peered
2015–16 51 3.9% 5.1%
2014–15 38 NP 4.2%
2013–14 42 NP 5.7%
2012–13 30 NP 3.9%
2011–12 32 NP 4.4%

Urological surgery focuses on the organs of the urinary system (such as the kidneys and bladder), including the male reproductive system.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by urological surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by urological surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by urological surgeons was 23 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 552 23 days Not peered
2016–17 607 33 days Not peered
2015–16 739 52 days 27 days
2014–15 720 55 days 27 days
2013–14 667 41 days 27 days
2012–13 629 36 days 28 days
2011–12 764 51 days 31 days

Surgery by urological surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.2% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by urological surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 552 0.2% Not peered
2016–17 607 0.5% Not peered
2015–16 739 0.0% 1.5%
2014–15 720 0.3% 1.4%
2013–14 667 0.0% 1.4%
2012–13 629 0.0% 1.5%
2011–12 764 1.7% 1.5%

Vascular surgery focuses on blood vessels (veins and arteries), except for those in the heart (included in cardio-thoracic surgery) and brain (included in neurosurgery).

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by vascular surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by vascular surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by vascular surgeons was 36 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 132 36 days Not peered
2016–17 194 40 days Not peered
2015–16 170 48 days 19 days
2014–15 162 25 days 17 days
2013–14 44 16 days 17 days

Surgery by vascular surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 4.5% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by vascular surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 132 4.5% Not peered
2016–17 194 3.1% Not peered
2015–16 170 1.8% 0.5%
2014–15 162 0.0% 1.1%
2013–14 44 NP 1.3%

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by surgeons of specialties not covered in other sections, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by other types of surgeon: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by all other types of surgeon was 27 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 38 27 days Not peered
2016–17 89 43 days Not peered
2015–16 95 8 days 11 days
2014–15 66 8 days 12 days
2013–14 32 51 days 10 days
2012–13 64 31 days 17 days
2011–12 118 41 days 15 days

Surgery by other types of surgeon: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18 reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 38 NP Not peered
2016–17 89 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 95 1.1% 0.2%
2014–15 66 0.0% 0.8%
2013–14 32 NP 4.1%
2012–13 64 4.7% 1.9%
2011–12 118 3.4% 0.8%