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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
2017–18 156 100% 99%
2016–17 197 100% 99%
2015–16 217 100% 98%
2014–15 236 100% 99%
2013–14 250 100% 99%
2012–13 164 99% 96%
2011–12 173 99% 92%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 40 100% 99%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 28 100% 99%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 45 100% 99%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 43 100% 99%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 35 100% 99%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 53 100% 98%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 50 100% 99%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 59 100% 99%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 63 100% 98%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 49 100% 99%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 45 100% 98%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 60 100% 98%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 46 100% 99%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 48 100% 99%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 81 100% 99%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 61 100% 99%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 70 100% 98%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 67 100% 99%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 51 100% 99%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 62 100% 98%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 46 100% 98%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 44 100% 96%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 34 100% 96%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 40 95% 94%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 56 98% 94%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 50 100% 91%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 43 100% 92%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 24 100% 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
2017–18 332 100% 98%
2016–17 350 100% 98%
2015–16 400 100% 96%
2014–15 493 100% 96%
2013–14 340 100% 95%
2012–13 213 100% 91%
2011–12 298 100% 89%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 84 100% 98%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 90 100% 98%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 79 100% 98%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 79 100% 99%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 74 100% 99%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 73 100% 97%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 95 100% 98%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 108 100% 97%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 110 100% 97%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 103 100% 95%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 90 100% 95%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 97 100% 96%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 147 100% 96%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 139 100% 96%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 94 100% 96%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 113 100% 96%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 88 100% 96%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 81 100% 95%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 86 100% 95%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 85 100% 94%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 67 100% 94%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 54 100% 90%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 43 100% 92%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 49 100% 90%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 55 100% 91%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 85 100% 86%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 77 99% 89%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 81 100% 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
2017–18 585 100% 100%
2016–17 578 100% 99%
2015–16 553 100% 98%
2014–15 607 100% 99%
2013–14 689 100% 99%
2012–13 853 100% 98%
2011–12 707 100% 97%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 181 100% 100%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 138 100% 100%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 117 100% 99%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 149 100% 100%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 162 100% 99%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 137 100% 99%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 150 100% 99%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 129 100% 99%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 151 100% 98%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 124 100% 99%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 101 100% 98%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 177 100% 97%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 158 100% 98%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 151 100% 99%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 132 100% 99%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 166 100% 99%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 204 100% 99%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 128 100% 99%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 164 100% 99%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 193 100% 99%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 242 100% 98%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 208 100% 98%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 198 100% 97%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 205 100% 98%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 230 100% 97%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 169 100% 97%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 167 99% 97%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 141 100% 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 14 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 12 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 156 14 days 12 days
2016–17 197 11 days 11 days
2015–16 217 13 days 11 days
2014–15 236 11 days 9 days
2013–14 250 9 days 8 days
2012–13 164 7 days 9 days
2011–12 173 6 days 11 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 40 10 days 11 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 28 15 days 12 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 45 12 days 11 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 43 14 days 12 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 35 21 days 12 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 53 9 days 11 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 50 11 days 11 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 59 11 days 10 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 63 14 days 12 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 49 13 days 12 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 45 13 days 11 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 60 8 days 11 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 46 9 days 10 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 48 7 days 9 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 81 13 days 9 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 61 19 days 8 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 70 12 days 9 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 67 7 days 8 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 51 12 days 8 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 62 8 days 8 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 46 14 days 10 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 44 9 days 8 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 34 6 days 9 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 40 6 days 10 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 56 9 days 9 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 50 6 days 12 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 43 7 days 10 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 24 6 days 11 days

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 2 surgery was 21 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 36 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 332 21 days 36 days
2016–17 350 15 days 35 days
2015–16 400 14 days 36 days
2014–15 493 27 days 34 days
2013–14 340 21 days 35 days
2012–13 213 19 days 36 days
2011–12 298 18 days 37 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 84 20 days 35 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 90 22 days 38 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 79 23 days 36 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 79 18 days 37 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 74 21 days 34 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 73 21 days 36 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 95 12 days 35 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 108 14 days 33 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 110 14 days 35 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 103 15 days 39 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 90 13 days 36 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 97 14 days 35 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 147 27 days 35 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 139 26 days 35 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 94 26 days 32 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 113 27 days 34 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 88 24 days 34 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 81 23 days 35 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 86 22 days 35 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 85 21 days 35 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 67 20 days 36 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 54 15 days 37 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 43 10 days 35 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 49 19 days 35 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 55 22 days 35 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 85 17 days 42 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 77 11 days 36 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 81 30 days 36 days

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 3 surgery was 23 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 84 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 585 23 days 84 days
2016–17 578 18 days 84 days
2015–16 553 17 days 86 days
2014–15 607 23 days 83 days
2013–14 689 17 days 83 days
2012–13 853 21 days 81 days
2011–12 707 27 days 69 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 181 25 days 82 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 138 30 days 96 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 117 22 days 84 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 149 20 days 78 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 162 18 days 80 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 137 21 days 94 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 150 13 days 79 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 129 22 days 84 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 151 17 days 87 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 124 15 days 98 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 101 20 days 83 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 177 19 days 77 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 158 23 days 84 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 151 24 days 90 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 132 20 days 81 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 166 23 days 81 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 204 13 days 84 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 128 19 days 98 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 164 17 days 77 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 193 19 days 74 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 242 22 days 89 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 208 22 days 84 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 198 11 days 75 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 205 21 days 78 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 230 21 days 71 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 169 18 days 75 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 167 45 days 63 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 141 28 days 66 days