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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.

This focuses on treating diseases and problems affecting the ears, nose and throat, as well as the head and neck.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by ear, nose, and throat surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by ear, nose and throat 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.
2013–14 <5 NP 71 days
2012–13 <5 NP 79 days
2011–12 <5 NP 68 days

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

Surgery by ear, nose and throat 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.
2013–14 <5 NP 10.4%
2012–13 <5 NP 9.0%
2011–12 <5 NP 5.6%

Surgery on the eyes is called ophthalmological surgery.

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by eye surgeons, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by eye surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by eye surgeons was 55 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 385 55 days Not peered
2016–17 367 48 days Not peered
2015–16 356 41 days 238 days
2014–15 448 96 days 239 days
2013–14 316 63 days 179 days
2012–13 347 68 days 165 days
2011–12 321 58 days 119 days

Surgery by eye surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by eye surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 385 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 367 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 356 0.0% 4.6%
2014–15 448 0.0% 5.1%
2013–14 316 0.0% 4.0%
2012–13 347 0.0% 5.1%
2011–12 321 0.0% 1.4%

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 20 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 481 20 days Not peered
2016–17 485 25 days Not peered
2015–16 511 21 days 31 days
2014–15 488 11 days 30 days
2013–14 528 6 days 31 days
2012–13 594 6 days 29 days
2011–12 600 14 days 30 days

Surgery by general surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by general surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 481 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 485 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 511 0.0% 0.4%
2014–15 488 0.0% 0.3%
2013–14 528 0.0% 0.3%
2012–13 594 0.0% 0.3%
2011–12 600 0.0% 0.5%

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 12 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 110 12 days Not peered
2016–17 147 10 days Not peered
2015–16 176 6 days 23 days
2014–15 206 12 days 24 days
2013–14 205 10 days 26 days
2012–13 261 14 days 24 days
2011–12 291 12 days 22 days

Surgery by gynaecological surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by gynaecological surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 110 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 147 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 176 0.0% 0.0%
2014–15 206 0.0% 0.1%
2013–14 205 0.0% 0.3%
2012–13 261 0.0% 0.2%
2011–12 291 0.0% 0.1%

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 55 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 517 55 days Not peered
2016–17 543 49 days Not peered
2015–16 560 51 days 72 days
2014–15 565 90 days 70 days
2013–14 618 97 days 77 days
2012–13 647 55 days 70 days
2011–12 752 93 days 76 days

Surgery by orthopaedic surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by orthopaedic surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 517 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 543 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 560 0.0% 1.8%
2014–15 565 0.0% 1.2%
2013–14 618 0.0% 1.4%
2012–13 647 0.0% 3.0%
2011–12 752 0.3% 4.4%

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 30 days
2011–12 <5 NP 41 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 0.0%
2013–14 <5 NP 0.0%
2011–12 <5 NP 4.4%

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, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by urological surgeons was 14 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 14 14 days Not peered
2015–16 15 12 days 24 days
2014–15 49 3 days 22 days
2013–14 67 24 days 20 days
2012–13 112 4 days 27 days
2011–12 119 20 days 28 days

Surgery by urological surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18 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 14 NP Not peered
2015–16 15 NP 0.6%
2014–15 49 NP 0.2%
2013–14 67 0.0% 0.2%
2012–13 112 0.0% 0.1%
2011–12 119 0.0% 0.3%