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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 98%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 314 100% 98%
2016–17 344 100% 99%
2015–16 423 100% 99%
2014–15 382 100% 98%
2013–14 473 100% 98%
2012–13 556 100% 98%
2011–12 462 100% 93%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 90 100% 98%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 74 100% 97%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 61 100% 99%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 89 100% 99%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 80 100% 99%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 87 100% 98%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 89 100% 99%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 88 100% 99%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 80 100% 99%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 82 100% 99%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 127 100% 99%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 134 100% 98%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 94 100% 98%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 71 100% 99%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 117 100% 99%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 100 100% 98%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 123 100% 99%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 121 100% 98%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 125 100% 98%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 104 100% 99%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 154 100% 97%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 118 100% 98%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 140 100% 99%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 144 99% 98%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 162 100% 95%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 121 100% 90%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 122 100% 94%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 57 100% 95%

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 90%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 495 100% 90%
2016–17 494 100% 92%
2015–16 447 100% 92%
2014–15 354 100% 94%
2013–14 328 100% 91%
2012–13 414 100% 91%
2011–12 505 100% 91%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 134 100% 89%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 105 100% 87%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 130 100% 91%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 126 100% 93%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 143 100% 94%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 108 100% 91%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 106 100% 93%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 137 100% 91%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 139 100% 91%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 93 100% 90%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 104 100% 93%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 111 100% 94%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 100 100% 94%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 87 100% 93%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 60 100% 95%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 107 100% 94%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 87 100% 92%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 78 100% 89%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 81 100% 91%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 82 100% 91%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 84 100% 91%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 117 100% 91%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 80 100% 90%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 133 100% 91%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 95 100% 89%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 184 100% 87%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 117 100% 93%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 109 98% 93%

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 97%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 698 100% 97%
2016–17 704 100% 97%
2015–16 748 100% 96%
2014–15 1,021 100% 97%
2013–14 936 100% 97%
2012–13 992 100% 95%
2011–12 1,120 100% 96%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 177 100% 96%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 181 100% 97%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 182 100% 97%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 158 100% 96%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 185 100% 98%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 180 100% 98%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 162 100% 97%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 177 100% 96%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 160 100% 97%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 136 100% 97%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 190 100% 95%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 262 100% 96%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 231 100% 97%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 228 100% 96%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 224 100% 96%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 338 100% 97%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 221 100% 96%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 210 100% 97%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 230 100% 97%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 275 100% 96%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 268 100% 97%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 192 100% 95%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 281 100% 95%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 251 100% 96%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 239 100% 95%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 205 100% 96%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 292 100% 97%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 384 100% 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 10 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 13 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 314 10 days 13 days
2016–17 344 8 days 13 days
2015–16 423 7 days 12 days
2014–15 382 6 days 10 days
2013–14 473 5 days 11 days
2012–13 556 5 days 11 days
2011–12 462 7 days 13 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 90 14 days 14 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 74 7 days 13 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 61 8 days 13 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 89 10 days 13 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 80 8 days 13 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 87 8 days 13 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 89 7 days 12 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 88 10 days 13 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 80 7 days 13 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 82 8 days 12 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 127 6 days 12 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 134 8 days 12 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 94 12 days 11 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 71 7 days 10 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 117 5 days 10 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 100 4 days 10 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 123 5 days 10 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 121 5 days 9 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 125 5 days 12 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 104 5 days 11 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 154 5 days 12 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 118 5 days 9 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 140 4 days 10 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 144 6 days 12 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 162 8 days 13 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 121 7 days 13 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 122 6 days 12 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 57 6 days 13 days

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 2 surgery was 39 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 48 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 495 39 days 48 days
2016–17 494 35 days 44 days
2015–16 447 29 days 44 days
2014–15 354 14 days 42 days
2013–14 328 13 days 43 days
2012–13 414 18 days 42 days
2011–12 505 26 days 38 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 134 39 days 46 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 105 35 days 49 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 130 36 days 48 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 126 47 days 47 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 143 41 days 43 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 108 32 days 47 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 106 40 days 45 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 137 27 days 43 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 139 23 days 42 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 93 27 days 49 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 104 31 days 44 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 111 32 days 41 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 100 24 days 42 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 87 11 days 45 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 60 19 days 42 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 107 13 days 41 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 87 14 days 44 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 78 12 days 47 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 81 13 days 42 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 82 13 days 41 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 84 10 days 43 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 117 7 days 44 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 80 26 days 40 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 133 25 days 41 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 95 33 days 41 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 184 26 days 44 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 117 20 days 38 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 109 27 days 33 days

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 3 surgery was 68 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 110 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 698 68 days 110 days
2016–17 704 76 days 126 days
2015–16 748 69 days 147 days
2014–15 1,021 90 days 135 days
2013–14 936 85 days 115 days
2012–13 992 63 days 112 days
2011–12 1,120 75 days 97 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 177 63 days 111 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 181 64 days 117 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 182 55 days 108 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 158 85 days 104 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 185 76 days 131 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 180 76 days 117 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 162 83 days 118 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 177 55 days 136 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 160 64 days 181 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 136 65 days 131 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 190 69 days 133 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 262 75 days 143 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 231 82 days 170 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 228 104 days 138 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 224 107 days 119 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 338 76 days 122 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 221 115 days 137 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 210 136 days 122 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 230 83 days 110 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 275 56 days 106 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 268 48 days 98 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 192 76 days 123 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 281 51 days 112 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 251 83 days 113 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 239 96 days 108 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 205 110 days 110 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 292 64 days 89 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 384 54 days 85 days