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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 23 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 166 23 days Not peered
2016–17 164 27 days Not peered
2015–16 140 24 days 16 days
2014–15 153 22 days 16 days
2013–14 194 19 days 18 days
2012–13 231 27 days 17 days
2011–12 185 22 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
2017–18 166 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 164 0.6% Not peered
2015–16 140 0.0% 0.1%
2014–15 153 0.0% 0.1%
2013–14 194 0.0% 0.1%
2012–13 231 0.9% 0.2%
2011–12 185 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 67 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 281 67 days Not peered
2016–17 252 82 days Not peered
2015–16 212 127 days 67 days
2014–15 198 47 days 57 days
2013–14 198 52 days 57 days
2012–13 238 74 days 53 days
2011–12 220 75 days 51 days

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

In 2017–18, 8.2% 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
2017–18 281 8.2% Not peered
2016–17 252 5.2% Not peered
2015–16 212 14.2% 5.0%
2014–15 198 2.5% 4.7%
2013–14 198 5.1% 5.8%
2012–13 238 15.1% 7.3%
2011–12 220 12.7% 7.0%

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 42 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,571 42 days Not peered
2016–17 1,449 37 days Not peered
2015–16 1,488 48 days 28 days
2014–15 1,488 50 days 26 days
2013–14 1,425 40 days 28 days
2012–13 1,416 40 days 27 days
2011–12 1,418 31 days 28 days

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

In 2017–18, 5.2% 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 1,571 5.2% Not peered
2016–17 1,449 5.0% Not peered
2015–16 1,488 10.4% 2.2%
2014–15 1,488 6.7% 1.6%
2013–14 1,425 6.2% 2.5%
2012–13 1,416 10.6% 3.1%
2011–12 1,418 6.8% 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 63 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 842 63 days Not peered
2016–17 761 55 days Not peered
2015–16 734 62 days 27 days
2014–15 749 57 days 26 days
2013–14 767 76 days 27 days
2012–13 695 92 days 28 days
2011–12 688 82 days 27 days

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

In 2017–18, 3.1% 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
2017–18 842 3.1% Not peered
2016–17 761 5.1% Not peered
2015–16 734 5.9% 1.8%
2014–15 749 4.4% 0.9%
2013–14 767 5.1% 1.1%
2012–13 695 9.8% 1.9%
2011–12 688 8.9% 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 45 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 190 45 days Not peered
2016–17 201 57 days Not peered
2015–16 199 39 days 35 days
2014–15 202 33 days 30 days
2013–14 178 38 days 31 days
2012–13 154 29 days 31 days
2011–12 165 21 days 32 days

Surgery by neurosurgeons: 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 neurosurgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 190 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 201 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 199 0.0% 1.4%
2014–15 202 0.0% 1.0%
2013–14 178 0.0% 3.6%
2012–13 154 0.6% 3.0%
2011–12 165 0.0% 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 38 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 137 38 days Not peered
2016–17 144 24 days Not peered
2015–16 106 26 days 51 days
2014–15 151 18 days 52 days
2013–14 140 21 days 53 days
2012–13 131 27 days 48 days
2011–12 119 147 days 47 days

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

In 2017–18, 2.2% 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
2017–18 137 2.2% Not peered
2016–17 144 0.7% Not peered
2015–16 106 1.9% 3.7%
2014–15 151 13.9% 3.2%
2013–14 140 30.7% 6.6%
2012–13 131 19.8% 6.7%
2011–12 119 13.4% 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 162 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 55 162 days Not peered

Surgery by paediatric 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 paediatric surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 55 0.0% 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 30 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 345 30 days Not peered
2016–17 362 35 days Not peered
2015–16 363 38 days 27 days
2014–15 357 29 days 22 days
2013–14 320 29 days 22 days
2012–13 297 27 days 21 days
2011–12 302 26 days 23 days

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
2017–18 345 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 362 1.7% Not peered
2015–16 363 1.1% 2.4%
2014–15 357 5.0% 1.9%
2013–14 320 1.9% 2.6%
2012–13 297 1.0% 1.8%
2011–12 302 0.7% 2.2%

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 36 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,065 36 days Not peered
2016–17 1,124 37 days Not peered
2015–16 954 42 days 27 days
2014–15 967 42 days 25 days
2013–14 877 41 days 26 days
2012–13 809 44 days 26 days
2011–12 799 32 days 27 days

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

In 2017–18, 1.2% 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 1,065 1.2% Not peered
2016–17 1,124 0.6% Not peered
2015–16 954 0.5% 0.9%
2014–15 967 2.0% 0.7%
2013–14 877 0.9% 1.1%
2012–13 809 1.4% 1.4%
2011–12 799 1.5% 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 18 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 183 18 days Not peered
2016–17 268 22 days Not peered
2015–16 242 24 days 20 days
2014–15 312 25 days 18 days
2013–14 327 19 days 18 days
2012–13 308 19 days 18 days
2011–12 306 16 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
2017–18 183 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 268 2.6% Not peered
2015–16 242 0.0% 0.7%
2014–15 312 0.0% 0.7%
2013–14 327 2.4% 1.0%
2012–13 308 0.3% 0.9%
2011–12 306 0.0% 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 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 5 NP Not peered
2016–17 10 7 days Not peered
2015–16 13 12 days 20 days
2014–15 16 10 days 20 days
2013–14 11 7 days 18 days
2012–13 32 8 days 20 days
2011–12 63 26 days 23 days

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

Surgery by other types of surgeon: 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 5 NP Not peered
2016–17 10 NP Not peered
2015–16 13 NP 0.3%
2014–15 16 NP 0.4%
2013–14 11 NP 0.4%
2012–13 32 NP 0.5%
2011–12 63 0.0% 0.5%