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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.

Cardio-thoracic surgery is performed on the organs inside the chest, in particular, the heart and lungs.

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

Surgery by cardio-thoracic surgeons: median waiting times

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

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 315 18 days Not peered
2016–17 275 17 days Not peered
2015–16 344 16 days 16 days
2014–15 302 19 days 16 days
2013–14 278 17 days 18 days
2012–13 238 18 days 17 days
2011–12 244 19 days 16 days

Surgery by cardio-thoracic 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 cardio-thoracic surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 315 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 275 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 344 0.0% 0.1%
2014–15 302 0.0% 0.1%
2013–14 278 0.0% 0.1%
2012–13 238 0.4% 0.2%
2011–12 244 0.0% 0.1%

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 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by ear, nose and throat surgeons was 62 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 928 62 days Not peered
2016–17 819 53 days Not peered
2015–16 823 57 days 67 days
2014–15 683 32 days 57 days
2013–14 705 46 days 57 days
2012–13 674 42 days 53 days
2011–12 706 29 days 51 days

Surgery by ear, nose and throat surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 1.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by ear, nose and throat surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 928 1.0% Not peered
2016–17 819 2.7% Not peered
2015–16 823 5.2% 5.0%
2014–15 683 6.1% 4.7%
2013–14 705 7.8% 5.8%
2012–13 674 9.5% 7.3%
2011–12 706 9.9% 7.0%

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 69 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 352 69 days Not peered
2016–17 397 51 days Not peered
2015–16 428 60 days 75 days
2014–15 431 58 days 70 days
2013–14 450 100 days 63 days
2012–13 1,105 273 days 62 days
2011–12 899 276 days 62 days

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

In 2017–18, 1.7% 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
2017–18 352 1.7% Not peered
2016–17 397 0.5% Not peered
2015–16 428 2.3% 1.6%
2014–15 431 2.3% 1.4%
2013–14 450 7.6% 2.8%
2012–13 1,105 21.0% 4.2%
2011–12 899 11.1% 6.5%

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 40 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,042 40 days Not peered
2016–17 1,629 35 days Not peered
2015–16 1,619 35 days 28 days
2014–15 1,525 31 days 26 days
2013–14 1,599 29 days 28 days
2012–13 1,439 28 days 27 days
2011–12 1,442 38 days 28 days

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

In 2017–18, 0.6% 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 1,042 0.6% Not peered
2016–17 1,629 0.1% Not peered
2015–16 1,619 0.4% 2.2%
2014–15 1,525 0.4% 1.6%
2013–14 1,599 0.5% 2.5%
2012–13 1,439 1.3% 3.1%
2011–12 1,442 1.1% 2.7%

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 44 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,422 44 days Not peered
2016–17 1,431 38 days Not peered
2015–16 1,478 45 days 27 days
2014–15 1,483 39 days 26 days
2013–14 1,526 45 days 27 days
2012–13 1,580 46 days 28 days
2011–12 1,524 48 days 27 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 1,422 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 1,431 0.1% Not peered
2015–16 1,478 0.9% 1.8%
2014–15 1,483 0.2% 0.9%
2013–14 1,526 0.6% 1.1%
2012–13 1,580 2.0% 1.9%
2011–12 1,524 2.0% 1.3%

Neurosurgery is surgery on the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Common procedures include removing tumours and blood clots in the brain and spinal cord, treatment of head or spinal injuries, repairing malformed blood vessels in the brain and spinal cord, repairing damaged nerves, and surgical treatment of diseases such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease.

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

Surgery by neurosurgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by neurosurgeons was 53 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 944 53 days Not peered
2016–17 924 50 days Not peered
2015–16 836 49 days 35 days
2014–15 785 28 days 30 days
2013–14 776 27 days 31 days
2012–13 601 27 days 31 days
2011–12 526 38 days 32 days

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

In 2017–18, 1.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by neurosurgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 944 1.0% Not peered
2016–17 924 0.2% Not peered
2015–16 836 1.1% 1.4%
2014–15 785 0.6% 1.0%
2013–14 776 4.9% 3.6%
2012–13 601 4.0% 3.0%
2011–12 526 5.7% 3.0%

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 86 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 2,168 86 days Not peered
2016–17 2,211 72 days Not peered
2015–16 2,000 64 days 51 days
2014–15 2,278 81 days 52 days
2013–14 2,097 77 days 53 days
2012–13 2,225 71 days 48 days
2011–12 2,258 83 days 47 days

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

In 2017–18, 7.0% 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 2,168 7.0% Not peered
2016–17 2,211 0.8% Not peered
2015–16 2,000 1.7% 3.7%
2014–15 2,278 5.3% 3.2%
2013–14 2,097 6.7% 6.6%
2012–13 2,225 5.0% 6.7%
2011–12 2,258 6.8% 5.3%

Paediatric surgery focusses on children from birth up to 15 years of age.

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

Surgery by paediatric surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by paediatric surgeons was 50 days 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.
2017–18 638 50 days Not peered
2016–17 <5 NP Not peered

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

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

In 2017–18, 0.3% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by paediatric surgeons at this hospital.

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.
2017–18 638 0.3% Not peered
2016–17 <5 NP Not peered

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 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by plastic surgeons was 14 days 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 67 14 days Not peered
2016–17 16 25 days Not peered
2015–16 <5 NP 27 days
2014–15 <5 NP 22 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 2017–18, 0.0% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by plastic surgeons at this hospital.

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 67 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 16 NP Not peered
2015–16 <5 NP 2.4%
2014–15 <5 NP 1.9%

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 39 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 992 39 days Not peered
2016–17 863 35 days Not peered
2015–16 876 36 days 27 days
2014–15 938 25 days 25 days
2013–14 1,017 29 days 26 days
2012–13 773 29 days 26 days
2011–12 792 35 days 27 days

Surgery by urological 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 urological surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 992 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 863 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 876 0.1% 0.9%
2014–15 938 0.3% 0.7%
2013–14 1,017 0.2% 1.1%
2012–13 773 1.0% 1.4%
2011–12 792 1.1% 1.3%

Vascular surgery focuses on blood vessels (veins and arteries), except for those in the heart (included in cardio-thoracic surgery) and brain (included in neurosurgery).

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

Surgery by vascular surgeons: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by vascular surgeons was 24 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 397 24 days Not peered
2016–17 380 19 days Not peered
2015–16 391 19 days 20 days
2014–15 353 17 days 18 days
2013–14 394 16 days 18 days
2012–13 361 17 days 18 days
2011–12 374 14 days 17 days

Surgery by vascular 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 vascular surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 397 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 380 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 391 0.8% 0.7%
2014–15 353 0.3% 0.7%
2013–14 394 0.0% 1.0%
2012–13 361 0.3% 0.9%
2011–12 374 0.5% 0.7%

This section shows the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by surgeons of specialties not covered in other sections, and the percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days, at this hospital.

Surgery by other types of surgeon: median waiting times

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by all other types of surgeon was 28 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 282 28 days Not peered
2016–17 382 37 days Not peered
2015–16 336 46 days 20 days
2014–15 287 44 days 20 days
2013–14 216 21 days 18 days
2012–13 262 27 days 20 days
2011–12 237 27 days 23 days

Surgery by other types of surgeon: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.4% of patients waited longer than 365 days for elective surgery performed by all other types of surgeon at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 282 0.4% Not peered
2016–17 382 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 336 0.0% 0.3%
2014–15 287 0.0% 0.4%
2013–14 216 0.0% 0.4%
2012–13 262 0.0% 0.5%
2011–12 237 0.0% 0.5%