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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, 84% 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
2017–18 1,645 84% 97%
2016–17 1,454 91% 96%
2015–16 1,393 96% 97%
2014–15 1,443 98% 98%
2013–14 1,410 100% 97%
2012–13 1,437 95% 95%
2011–12 1,241 94% 92%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 362 86% 96%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 405 84% 97%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 433 78% 97%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 445 87% 96%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 396 89% 96%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 333 95% 96%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 353 89% 96%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 372 92% 97%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 382 96% 97%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 263 95% 97%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 344 97% 97%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 404 96% 98%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 385 94% 97%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 315 98% 97%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 378 99% 98%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 365 100% 98%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 336 100% 97%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 325 100% 97%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 366 100% 98%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 383 100% 97%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 390 96% 96%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 311 92% 95%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 397 94% 94%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 339 95% 94%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 285 87% 92%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 277 97% 92%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 312 97% 93%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 367 93% 92%

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, 73% of patients received Category 2 surgery within 90 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 85%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 1,871 73% 85%
2016–17 1,693 81% 87%
2015–16 1,943 87% 85%
2014–15 1,853 95% 85%
2013–14 2,149 100% 78%
2012–13 1,857 92% 75%
2011–12 1,782 80% 77%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 433 71% 84%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 480 65% 82%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 454 74% 86%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 504 83% 88%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 436 88% 87%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 453 86% 85%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 399 76% 88%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 405 74% 87%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 389 79% 85%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 512 84% 84%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 502 88% 86%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 540 94% 87%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 483 90% 84%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 433 92% 83%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 449 97% 87%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 488 100% 85%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 494 100% 82%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 534 100% 76%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 523 100% 78%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 598 99% 77%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 500 93% 74%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 469 89% 73%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 420 91% 76%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 468 95% 77%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 434 77% 77%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 429 76% 73%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 457 75% 79%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 462 90% 80%

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, 77% of patients received Category 3 surgery within 365 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 94%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 978 77% 94%
2016–17 1,043 84% 95%
2015–16 919 86% 95%
2014–15 1,175 96% 96%
2013–14 1,260 100% 93%
2012–13 1,536 87% 91%
2011–12 1,812 78% 91%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 242 78% 93%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 254 77% 93%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 279 62% 93%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 203 97% 95%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 278 86% 95%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 286 92% 95%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 264 74% 95%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 215 86% 96%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 258 66% 95%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 212 92% 95%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 227 90% 95%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 222 99% 96%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 294 93% 95%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 247 92% 96%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 266 98% 96%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 368 100% 95%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 332 100% 94%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 291 100% 94%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 315 100% 92%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 322 100% 93%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 312 94% 92%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 330 84% 92%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 457 82% 91%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 437 90% 91%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 526 75% 89%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 419 80% 91%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 419 71% 92%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 448 84% 92%

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 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
2017–18 1,645 16 days 13 days
2016–17 1,454 14 days 13 days
2015–16 1,393 12 days 11 days
2014–15 1,443 12 days 11 days
2013–14 1,410 12 days 11 days
2012–13 1,437 12 days 12 days
2011–12 1,241 10 days 12 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 362 14 days 13 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 405 15 days 13 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 433 18 days 13 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 445 17 days 13 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 396 16 days 13 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 333 12 days 13 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 353 14 days 12 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 372 13 days 12 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 382 13 days 12 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 263 9 days 11 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 344 11 days 11 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 404 13 days 11 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 385 15 days 12 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 315 13 days 11 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 378 8 days 10 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 365 11 days 10 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 336 13 days 11 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 325 10 days 10 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 366 12 days 11 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 383 12 days 12 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 390 12 days 13 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 311 9 days 11 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 397 14 days 12 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 339 12 days 12 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 285 13 days 12 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 277 7 days 12 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 312 10 days 12 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 367 10 days 12 days

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 2 surgery was 77 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 51 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,871 77 days 51 days
2016–17 1,693 74 days 49 days
2015–16 1,943 70 days 48 days
2014–15 1,853 56 days 49 days
2013–14 2,149 54 days 55 days
2012–13 1,857 57 days 56 days
2011–12 1,782 68 days 53 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 433 78 days 52 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 480 85 days 56 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 454 76 days 51 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 504 65 days 48 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 436 67 days 49 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 453 74 days 53 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 399 81 days 47 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 405 76 days 47 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 389 75 days 49 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 512 76 days 50 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 502 67 days 46 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 540 67 days 48 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 483 62 days 48 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 433 64 days 53 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 449 49 days 48 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 488 50 days 48 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 494 54 days 52 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 534 57 days 60 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 523 50 days 54 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 598 50 days 56 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 500 53 days 57 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 469 65 days 60 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 420 58 days 55 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 468 55 days 55 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 434 63 days 55 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 429 73 days 57 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 457 72 days 50 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 462 63 days 50 days

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 3 surgery was 325 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 134 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 978 325 days 134 days
2016–17 1,043 336 days 124 days
2015–16 919 329 days 125 days
2014–15 1,175 166 days 134 days
2013–14 1,260 170 days 139 days
2012–13 1,536 199 days 141 days
2011–12 1,812 332 days 132 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 242 338 days 160 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 254 348 days 148 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 279 347 days 123 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 203 245 days 119 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 278 320 days 138 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 286 330 days 131 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 264 350 days 117 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 215 336 days 114 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 258 355 days 125 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 212 328 days 126 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 227 306 days 125 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 222 268 days 124 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 294 204 days 143 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 247 175 days 137 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 266 129 days 124 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 368 162 days 133 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 332 220 days 132 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 291 166 days 140 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 315 120 days 133 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 322 155 days 145 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 312 199 days 147 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 330 175 days 138 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 457 213 days 139 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 437 220 days 138 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 526 325 days 148 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 419 333 days 133 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 419 348 days 119 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 448 284 days 128 days