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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
2017–18 122 100% 99%
2016–17 171 100% 99%
2015–16 148 100% 98%
2014–15 176 100% 99%
2013–14 161 100% 99%
2012–13 212 97% 96%
2011–12 207 83% 92%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 31 100% 99%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 29 100% 99%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 34 100% 99%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 28 100% 99%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 48 100% 99%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 33 100% 98%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 46 100% 99%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 44 100% 99%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 39 100% 98%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 19 100% 99%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 37 100% 98%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 53 100% 98%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 33 100% 99%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 37 100% 99%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 52 100% 99%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 54 100% 99%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 49 100% 98%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 44 100% 99%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 27 100% 99%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 41 100% 98%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 43 98% 98%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 50 100% 96%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 59 100% 96%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 60 90% 94%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 62 95% 94%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 37 81% 91%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 67 75% 92%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 41 80% 90%

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 98%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 655 100% 98%
2016–17 543 100% 98%
2015–16 465 99% 96%
2014–15 414 98% 96%
2013–14 479 99% 95%
2012–13 529 95% 91%
2011–12 479 87% 89%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 164 100% 98%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 151 100% 98%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 165 100% 98%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 175 100% 99%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 135 100% 99%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 124 100% 97%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 132 100% 98%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 152 100% 97%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 140 100% 97%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 100 99% 95%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 102 99% 95%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 123 98% 96%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 88 98% 96%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 91 98% 96%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 89 99% 96%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 146 99% 96%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 142 100% 96%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 97 100% 95%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 114 100% 95%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 126 97% 94%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 138 99% 94%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 119 87% 90%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 141 96% 92%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 131 95% 90%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 131 94% 91%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 106 79% 86%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 150 85% 89%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 92 91% 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
2017–18 914 100% 100%
2016–17 943 100% 99%
2015–16 910 94% 98%
2014–15 1,403 98% 99%
2013–14 1,334 99% 99%
2012–13 1,267 97% 98%
2011–12 1,100 92% 97%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 247 100% 100%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 200 100% 100%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 238 100% 99%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 229 100% 100%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 241 100% 99%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 207 100% 99%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 250 100% 99%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 245 100% 99%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 210 99% 98%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 187 97% 99%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 232 91% 98%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 281 91% 97%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 337 97% 98%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 331 98% 99%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 384 100% 99%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 351 98% 99%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 366 99% 99%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 290 100% 99%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 297 98% 99%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 381 99% 99%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 348 98% 98%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 238 98% 98%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 357 98% 97%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 324 96% 98%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 241 96% 97%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 268 87% 97%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 328 92% 97%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 263 94% 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 15 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 12 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 122 15 days 12 days
2016–17 171 14 days 11 days
2015–16 148 17 days 11 days
2014–15 176 14 days 9 days
2013–14 161 14 days 8 days
2012–13 212 18 days 9 days
2011–12 207 17 days 11 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 31 15 days 11 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 29 16 days 12 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 34 16 days 11 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 28 14 days 12 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 48 16 days 12 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 33 9 days 11 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 46 14 days 11 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 44 12 days 10 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 39 19 days 12 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 19 11 days 12 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 37 14 days 11 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 53 19 days 11 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 33 17 days 10 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 37 14 days 9 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 52 15 days 9 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 54 14 days 8 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 49 18 days 9 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 44 14 days 8 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 27 13 days 8 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 41 11 days 8 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 43 17 days 10 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 50 14 days 8 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 59 15 days 9 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 60 22 days 10 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 62 14 days 9 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 37 19 days 12 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 67 18 days 10 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 41 20 days 11 days

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 2 surgery was 48 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 36 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 655 48 days 36 days
2016–17 543 43 days 35 days
2015–16 465 46 days 36 days
2014–15 414 47 days 34 days
2013–14 479 50 days 35 days
2012–13 529 63 days 36 days
2011–12 479 60 days 37 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 164 56 days 35 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 151 55 days 38 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 165 36 days 36 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 175 41 days 37 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 135 52 days 34 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 124 57 days 36 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 132 39 days 35 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 152 40 days 33 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 140 47 days 35 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 100 51 days 39 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 102 36 days 36 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 123 53 days 35 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 88 51 days 35 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 91 50 days 35 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 89 36 days 32 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 146 46 days 34 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 142 62 days 34 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 97 50 days 35 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 114 42 days 35 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 126 50 days 35 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 138 62 days 36 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 119 63 days 37 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 141 69 days 35 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 131 62 days 35 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 131 55 days 35 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 106 69 days 42 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 150 61 days 36 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 92 56 days 36 days

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 3 surgery was 316 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 84 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 914 316 days 84 days
2016–17 943 306 days 84 days
2015–16 910 270 days 86 days
2014–15 1,403 324 days 83 days
2013–14 1,334 314 days 83 days
2012–13 1,267 301 days 81 days
2011–12 1,100 316 days 69 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 247 294 days 82 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 200 293 days 96 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 238 336 days 84 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 229 331 days 78 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 241 306 days 80 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 207 313 days 94 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 250 312 days 79 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 245 303 days 84 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 210 198 days 87 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 187 194 days 98 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 232 322 days 83 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 281 303 days 77 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 337 315 days 84 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 331 341 days 90 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 384 325 days 81 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 351 323 days 81 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 366 331 days 84 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 290 314 days 98 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 297 305 days 77 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 381 318 days 74 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 348 306 days 89 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 238 323 days 84 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 357 297 days 75 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 324 295 days 78 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 241 321 days 71 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 268 340 days 75 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 328 312 days 63 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 263 272 days 66 days