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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.

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 9 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 24 9 days Not peered
2016–17 13 8 days Not peered
2015–16 24 3 days 31 days
2014–15 21 3 days 29 days
2013–14 11 4 days 28 days
2012–13 11 10 days 27 days
2011–12 24 11 days 28 days

Surgery by general surgeons: 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 24 NP Not peered
2016–17 13 NP Not peered
2015–16 24 NP 0.3%
2014–15 21 NP 0.3%
2013–14 11 NP 0.2%
2012–13 11 NP 0.2%
2011–12 24 NP 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 7 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 13 7 days Not peered
2016–17 12 3 days Not peered
2015–16 22 4 days 29 days
2014–15 12 8 days 28 days
2013–14 19 2 days 29 days
2012–13 15 2 days 27 days
2011–12 33 8 days 28 days

Surgery by gynaecological surgeons: 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 13 NP Not peered
2016–17 12 NP Not peered
2015–16 22 NP 0.1%
2014–15 12 NP 0.1%
2013–14 19 NP 0.1%
2012–13 15 NP 0.1%
2011–12 33 NP 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 1 day at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 20 1 day Not peered
2016–17 19 8 days Not peered
2015–16 13 1 day 81 days
2014–15 14 4 days 77 days
2013–14 7 NP 62 days
2012–13 10 3 days 64 days
2011–12 15 11 days 65 days

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

Surgery by orthopaedic surgeons: 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 20 NP Not peered
2016–17 19 NP Not peered
2015–16 13 NP 1.3%
2014–15 14 NP 0.6%
2013–14 7 NP 0.6%
2012–13 10 NP 1.8%
2011–12 15 NP 2.2%

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 all years 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.
2014–15 <5 NP 37 days
2013–14 <5 NP 23 days
2012–13 <5 NP 27 days

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

Surgery by plastic surgeons: 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.
2014–15 <5 NP 0.4%
2013–14 <5 NP 0.2%
2012–13 <5 NP 0.5%

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 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 9 NP Not peered
2016–17 9 NP Not peered
2015–16 19 9 days 23 days
2014–15 33 11 days 19 days
2013–14 36 3 days 18 days
2012–13 11 3 days 20 days
2011–12 30 28 days 28 days

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

Surgery by urological surgeons: 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 9 NP Not peered
2016–17 9 NP Not peered
2015–16 19 NP 0.1%
2014–15 33 NP 0.3%
2013–14 36 NP 0.2%
2012–13 11 NP 1.2%
2011–12 30 NP 2.5%