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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 2015–16, 100% of patients received Category 1 surgery within 30 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 97%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2015–16 1,376 100% 97%
2014–15 1,522 100% 97%
2013–14 1,581 100% 97%
2012–13 1,433 100% 94%
2011–12 1,502 100% 90%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2015–16 Apr–Jun 323 100% 98%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 305 100% 97%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 364 100% 96%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 384 100% 96%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 364 100% 97%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 376 100% 98%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 392 100% 98%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 390 100% 97%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 406 100% 97%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 389 100% 97%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 417 100% 98%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 369 100% 96%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 356 100% 95%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 344 100% 95%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 378 100% 93%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 355 100% 93%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 340 100% 90%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 343 100% 89%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 419 100% 91%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 400 100% 89%

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2015–16, 70% of patients received Category 2 surgery within 90 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 87%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2015–16 2,821 70% 87%
2014–15 2,683 73% 86%
2013–14 2,757 72% 82%
2012–13 2,336 63% 78%
2011–12 2,431 72% 77%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2015–16 Apr–Jun 827 66% 85%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 685 65% 85%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 674 73% 89%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 635 78% 89%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 716 76% 87%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 650 64% 86%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 677 76% 86%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 640 78% 86%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 811 74% 83%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 627 67% 80%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 607 75% 82%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 712 70% 83%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 602 58% 78%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 523 60% 76%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 569 68% 80%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 642 65% 78%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 618 72% 77%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 606 66% 72%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 571 80% 80%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 636 72% 79%

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2015–16, 93% of patients received Category 3 surgery within 365 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 92%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2015–16 925 93% 92%
2014–15 897 97% 92%
2013–14 1,073 93% 92%
2012–13 878 83% 90%
2011–12 795 90% 89%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2015–16 Apr–Jun 287 93% 90%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 238 96% 94%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 226 90% 93%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 174 92% 92%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 254 96% 92%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 214 98% 93%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 242 98% 91%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 187 97% 93%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 259 95% 93%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 165 90% 91%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 327 95% 90%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 322 91% 92%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 234 84% 92%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 247 85% 90%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 202 80% 88%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 195 84% 89%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 133 91% 89%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 194 93% 89%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 229 90% 88%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 239 87% 88%

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery in each urgency category. This is the length of time until half of the group had been admitted for their surgery.

Category 1 (surgery recommended within 30 days)

In 2015–16, the median waiting time for Category 1 surgery was 16 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 13 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2015–16 1,376 16 days 13 days
2014–15 1,522 14 days 13 days
2013–14 1,581 14 days 13 days
2012–13 1,433 15 days 14 days
2011–12 1,502 13 days 14 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2015–16 Apr–Jun 323 15 days 14 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 305 19 days 13 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 364 15 days 13 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 384 15 days 13 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 364 16 days 13 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 376 15 days 13 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 392 12 days 13 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 390 13 days 14 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 406 15 days 14 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 389 14 days 13 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 417 15 days 13 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 369 15 days 13 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 356 16 days 14 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 344 14 days 13 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 378 14 days 14 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 355 15 days 14 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 340 15 days 15 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 343 13 days 14 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 419 13 days 14 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 400 13 days 14 days

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2015–16, the median waiting time for Category 2 surgery was 49 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 52 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2015–16 2,821 49 days 52 days
2014–15 2,683 50 days 55 days
2013–14 2,757 55 days 56 days
2012–13 2,336 60 days 57 days
2011–12 2,431 49 days 58 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2015–16 Apr–Jun 827 50 days 53 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 685 58 days 56 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 674 45 days 51 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 635 44 days 49 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 716 49 days 53 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 650 63 days 58 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 677 48 days 55 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 640 43 days 54 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 811 47 days 56 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 627 65 days 63 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 607 54 days 54 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 712 56 days 51 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 602 75 days 59 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 523 63 days 59 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 569 54 days 55 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 642 54 days 56 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 618 49 days 59 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 606 60 days 66 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 571 41 days 54 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 636 47 days 55 days

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2015–16, the median waiting time for Category 3 surgery was 86 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 233 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2015–16 925 86 days 233 days
2014–15 897 47 days 224 days
2013–14 1,073 63 days 230 days
2012–13 878 83 days 238 days
2011–12 795 60 days 234 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2015–16 Apr–Jun 287 116 days 254 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 238 92 days 232 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 226 66 days 218 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 174 65 days 226 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 254 49 days 231 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 214 48 days 224 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 242 44 days 207 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 187 44 days 230 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 259 62 days 226 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 165 83 days 243 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 327 51 days 216 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 322 72 days 232 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 234 74 days 246 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 247 87 days 233 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 202 86 days 231 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 195 76 days 238 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 133 82 days 241 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 194 54 days 237 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 229 51 days 224 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 239 64 days 234 days