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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 266 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 93 266 days Not peered
2016–17 93 232 days Not peered
2015–16 134 238 days 78 days
2014–15 124 311 days 83 days
2013–14 113 287 days 75 days
2012–13 133 288 days 75 days
2011–12 115 187 days 62 days

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

In 2017–18, 0.0% 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 93 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 93 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 134 22.4% 4.0%
2014–15 124 11.3% 2.8%
2013–14 113 5.3% 1.8%
2012–13 133 12.8% 2.2%
2011–12 115 9.6% 2.4%

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 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by eye surgeons was 324 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 661 324 days Not peered
2016–17 612 331 days Not peered
2015–16 399 322 days 91 days
2014–15 832 336 days 85 days
2013–14 838 322 days 105 days
2012–13 783 311 days 116 days
2011–12 606 323 days 102 days

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

In 2017–18, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by eye surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 661 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 612 0.2% Not peered
2015–16 399 2.8% 2.4%
2014–15 832 0.5% 1.2%
2013–14 838 0.2% 1.2%
2012–13 783 0.3% 2.6%
2011–12 606 5.6% 3.2%

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 61 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 176 61 days Not peered
2016–17 192 60 days Not peered
2015–16 187 62 days 31 days
2014–15 180 89 days 29 days
2013–14 197 77 days 28 days
2012–13 157 75 days 27 days
2011–12 169 74 days 28 days

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

In 2017–18, 0.6% 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
2017–18 176 0.6% Not peered
2016–17 192 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 187 0.0% 0.3%
2014–15 180 0.0% 0.3%
2013–14 197 0.0% 0.2%
2012–13 157 0.0% 0.2%
2011–12 169 7.7% 0.4%

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 28 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 163 28 days Not peered
2016–17 194 28 days Not peered
2015–16 142 25 days 29 days
2014–15 157 32 days 28 days
2013–14 158 35 days 29 days
2012–13 142 38 days 27 days
2011–12 132 21 days 28 days

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

In 2017–18, 0.0% 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
2017–18 163 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 194 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 142 0.0% 0.1%
2014–15 157 0.0% 0.1%
2013–14 158 0.0% 0.1%
2012–13 142 0.0% 0.1%
2011–12 132 0.0% 0.3%

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 69 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 291 69 days Not peered
2016–17 261 60 days Not peered
2015–16 301 80 days 81 days
2014–15 340 133 days 77 days
2013–14 319 111 days 62 days
2012–13 340 217 days 64 days
2011–12 348 185 days 65 days

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

In 2017–18, 0.7% 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
2017–18 291 0.7% Not peered
2016–17 261 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 301 4.3% 1.3%
2014–15 340 0.9% 0.6%
2013–14 319 0.6% 0.6%
2012–13 340 1.5% 1.8%
2011–12 348 6.9% 2.2%

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 reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 <5 NP Not peered

NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.

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 <5 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 40 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 79 40 days Not peered
2016–17 69 42 days Not peered
2015–16 84 42 days 48 days
2014–15 86 50 days 37 days
2013–14 87 56 days 23 days
2012–13 99 74 days 27 days
2011–12 87 49 days 32 days

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

In 2017–18, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by plastic surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 79 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 69 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 84 0.0% 0.3%
2014–15 86 0.0% 0.4%
2013–14 87 1.1% 0.2%
2012–13 99 0.0% 0.5%
2011–12 87 0.0% 0.8%

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 21 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 209 21 days Not peered
2016–17 217 14 days Not peered
2015–16 262 26 days 23 days
2014–15 255 23 days 19 days
2013–14 251 20 days 18 days
2012–13 317 22 days 20 days
2011–12 292 16 days 28 days

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

In 2017–18, 0.0% 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
2017–18 209 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 217 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 262 0.0% 0.1%
2014–15 255 0.8% 0.3%
2013–14 251 0.4% 0.2%
2012–13 317 2.5% 1.2%
2011–12 292 1.7% 2.5%

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 61 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 18 61 days Not peered
2016–17 19 85 days Not peered
2015–16 14 59 days 14 days
2014–15 19 113 days 15 days
2013–14 11 168 days 28 days
2012–13 37 100 days 30 days
2011–12 37 82 days 35 days

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

In all years 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
2016–17 19 NP Not peered
2015–16 14 NP 0.2%
2014–15 19 NP 0.1%
2013–14 11 NP 0.3%
2012–13 37 NP 0.2%
2011–12 37 NP 0.7%