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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, 86% of patients received Category 1 surgery within 30 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 96%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 576 86% 96%
2016–17 646 89% 97%
2015–16 554 87% 97%
2014–15 503 84% 97%
2013–14 553 86% 97%
2012–13 559 80% 94%
2011–12 572 76% 90%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 154 84% 96%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 144 89% 96%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 141 84% 97%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 137 88% 97%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 155 89% 95%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 161 88% 97%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 175 90% 98%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 155 90% 98%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 171 90% 98%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 110 86% 97%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 150 81% 96%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 123 92% 96%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 138 88% 97%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 117 75% 98%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 118 90% 98%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 130 81% 97%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 134 80% 97%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 159 82% 97%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 117 89% 98%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 143 93% 96%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 159 76% 95%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 134 86% 95%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 127 80% 93%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 139 80% 93%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 152 74% 90%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 144 77% 89%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 145 81% 91%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 131 74% 89%

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, 71% 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
2017–18 957 71% 90%
2016–17 909 70% 89%
2015–16 954 61% 87%
2014–15 781 60% 86%
2013–14 818 64% 82%
2012–13 875 76% 78%
2011–12 1,008 81% 77%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 234 67% 90%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 239 72% 89%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 258 73% 90%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 226 70% 91%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 252 67% 88%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 224 69% 87%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 214 67% 90%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 219 76% 90%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 274 56% 85%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 217 57% 85%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 208 66% 89%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 255 67% 89%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 220 55% 87%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 179 58% 86%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 181 67% 86%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 201 61% 86%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 225 61% 83%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 173 62% 80%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 209 66% 82%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 211 66% 83%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 243 66% 78%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 199 74% 76%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 192 81% 80%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 241 82% 78%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 241 80% 77%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 214 73% 72%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 247 87% 80%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 306 81% 79%

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, 78% of patients received Category 3 surgery within 365 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 96%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 304 78% 96%
2016–17 655 87% 93%
2015–16 570 81% 92%
2014–15 533 74% 92%
2013–14 453 85% 92%
2012–13 382 87% 90%
2011–12 354 88% 89%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 75 63% 95%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 78 81% 96%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 70 81% 96%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 81 88% 97%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 336 86% 93%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 142 85% 93%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 88 85% 92%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 89 93% 94%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 168 85% 90%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 133 81% 94%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 131 80% 93%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 138 75% 92%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 131 63% 92%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 122 62% 93%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 132 83% 91%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 148 86% 93%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 110 86% 93%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 95 86% 91%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 122 90% 90%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 126 79% 92%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 115 83% 92%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 97 85% 90%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 74 88% 88%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 96 94% 89%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 76 87% 89%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 58 91% 89%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 71 90% 88%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 149 87% 88%

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 17 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 14 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 576 17 days 14 days
2016–17 646 17 days 13 days
2015–16 554 16 days 13 days
2014–15 503 15 days 13 days
2013–14 553 15 days 13 days
2012–13 559 13 days 14 days
2011–12 572 16 days 14 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 154 20 days 15 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 144 15 days 14 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 141 16 days 14 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 137 16 days 13 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 155 14 days 14 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 161 19 days 14 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 175 17 days 13 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 155 19 days 13 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 171 16 days 14 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 110 17 days 13 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 150 16 days 13 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 123 15 days 13 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 138 15 days 13 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 117 16 days 13 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 118 14 days 13 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 130 14 days 14 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 134 18 days 14 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 159 17 days 13 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 117 13 days 13 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 143 14 days 13 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 159 15 days 14 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 134 12 days 13 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 127 10 days 14 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 139 16 days 14 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 152 20 days 15 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 144 16 days 14 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 145 14 days 14 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 131 15 days 14 days

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 2 surgery was 62 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 49 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 957 62 days 49 days
2016–17 909 60 days 50 days
2015–16 954 73 days 52 days
2014–15 781 71 days 55 days
2013–14 818 68 days 56 days
2012–13 875 44 days 57 days
2011–12 1,008 48 days 58 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 234 68 days 49 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 239 57 days 51 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 258 58 days 48 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 226 56 days 47 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 252 64 days 50 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 224 60 days 54 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 214 62 days 48 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 219 55 days 48 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 274 82 days 53 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 217 77 days 56 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 208 68 days 51 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 255 64 days 49 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 220 82 days 53 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 179 71 days 58 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 181 64 days 55 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 201 70 days 54 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 225 68 days 56 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 173 76 days 63 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 209 65 days 54 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 211 62 days 51 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 243 50 days 59 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 199 48 days 59 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 192 33 days 55 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 241 41 days 56 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 241 48 days 59 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 214 63 days 66 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 247 42 days 54 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 306 43 days 55 days

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 3 surgery was 150 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 223 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 304 150 days 223 days
2016–17 655 165 days 229 days
2015–16 570 179 days 233 days
2014–15 533 198 days 224 days
2013–14 453 115 days 230 days
2012–13 382 79 days 238 days
2011–12 354 119 days 234 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 75 321 days 228 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 78 173 days 228 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 70 104 days 216 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 81 58 days 218 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 336 207 days 239 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 142 164 days 234 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 88 86 days 213 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 89 56 days 225 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 168 217 days 254 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 133 157 days 232 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 131 141 days 218 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 138 199 days 226 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 131 274 days 231 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 122 205 days 224 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 132 123 days 207 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 148 186 days 230 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 110 149 days 226 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 95 83 days 243 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 122 106 days 216 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 126 111 days 232 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 115 76 days 246 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 97 83 days 233 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 74 74 days 231 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 96 81 days 238 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 76 117 days 241 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 58 137 days 237 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 71 68 days 224 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 149 131 days 234 days