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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 93%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 2,766 100% 93%
2016–17 2,898 100% 95%
2015–16 3,103 100% 96%
2014–15 3,591 100% 96%
2013–14 3,282 100% 96%
2012–13 3,132 100% 93%
2011–12 3,110 100% 90%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 744 100% 93%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 680 100% 93%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 641 100% 94%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 701 100% 94%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 754 100% 95%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 726 100% 95%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 644 100% 95%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 774 100% 95%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 754 100% 95%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 677 100% 95%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 767 100% 96%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 905 100% 96%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 982 100% 95%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 778 100% 96%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 868 100% 97%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 963 100% 97%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 865 100% 97%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 705 100% 95%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 851 100% 96%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 861 100% 96%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 836 100% 95%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 756 100% 93%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 801 100% 94%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 739 100% 92%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 773 100% 90%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 728 100% 89%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 767 100% 91%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 842 100% 90%

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, 96% of patients received Category 2 surgery within 90 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 85%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 4,106 96% 85%
2016–17 4,473 93% 85%
2015–16 4,376 95% 84%
2014–15 4,756 91% 85%
2013–14 4,598 83% 80%
2012–13 4,484 81% 77%
2011–12 4,874 79% 76%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 1,125 97% 84%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 1,001 95% 81%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 954 96% 86%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 1,026 95% 87%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 1,149 95% 83%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 1,095 90% 82%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 1,113 93% 86%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 1,116 95% 88%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 1,115 97% 84%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 1,120 94% 81%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 1,060 94% 84%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 1,081 93% 85%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 1,117 94% 84%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 1,233 89% 83%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 1,175 92% 87%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 1,231 90% 86%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 1,188 86% 83%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 1,179 81% 78%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 1,038 82% 80%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 1,193 82% 80%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 1,026 77% 79%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 1,053 78% 76%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 1,073 84% 78%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 1,332 84% 77%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 1,180 80% 75%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 1,192 73% 72%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 1,201 83% 78%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 1,301 83% 79%

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 91%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 3,412 100% 91%
2016–17 3,271 100% 93%
2015–16 2,928 100% 93%
2014–15 3,058 100% 94%
2013–14 2,710 99% 91%
2012–13 2,000 99% 89%
2011–12 2,003 97% 89%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 1,092 100% 90%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 827 100% 89%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 771 100% 92%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 722 100% 94%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 898 100% 92%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 847 100% 94%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 746 100% 94%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 780 100% 94%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 854 100% 92%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 694 100% 93%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 688 100% 93%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 692 100% 94%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 744 100% 93%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 703 100% 95%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 764 100% 95%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 847 100% 94%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 833 100% 92%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 716 99% 92%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 565 99% 91%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 596 99% 91%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 435 99% 89%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 528 100% 90%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 516 99% 87%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 521 99% 90%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 477 99% 87%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 415 98% 88%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 509 97% 89%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 602 96% 91%

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 7 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 12 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 2,766 7 days 12 days
2016–17 2,898 7 days 11 days
2015–16 3,103 8 days 10 days
2014–15 3,591 9 days 10 days
2013–14 3,282 9 days 10 days
2012–13 3,132 9 days 10 days
2011–12 3,110 9 days 11 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 744 8 days 13 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 680 7 days 12 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 641 7 days 12 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 701 7 days 12 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 754 7 days 12 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 726 7 days 11 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 644 7 days 11 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 774 7 days 11 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 754 7 days 11 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 677 7 days 10 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 767 8 days 10 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 905 9 days 10 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 982 10 days 11 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 778 9 days 10 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 868 8 days 10 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 963 9 days 10 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 865 9 days 10 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 705 9 days 10 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 851 9 days 10 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 861 11 days 10 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 836 9 days 10 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 756 9 days 9 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 801 9 days 10 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 739 7 days 11 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 773 9 days 11 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 728 9 days 11 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 767 9 days 10 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 842 9 days 10 days

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 2 surgery was 44 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 51 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 4,106 44 days 51 days
2016–17 4,473 48 days 49 days
2015–16 4,376 49 days 49 days
2014–15 4,756 45 days 47 days
2013–14 4,598 48 days 49 days
2012–13 4,484 54 days 50 days
2011–12 4,874 50 days 50 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 1,125 43 days 51 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 1,001 44 days 57 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 954 45 days 50 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 1,026 45 days 48 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 1,149 43 days 50 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 1,095 50 days 54 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 1,113 49 days 47 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 1,116 49 days 45 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 1,115 50 days 49 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 1,120 50 days 52 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 1,060 49 days 48 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 1,081 47 days 47 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 1,117 48 days 48 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 1,233 47 days 50 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 1,175 43 days 44 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 1,231 43 days 43 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 1,188 44 days 47 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 1,179 48 days 53 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 1,038 49 days 49 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 1,193 50 days 46 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 1,026 63 days 49 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 1,053 56 days 54 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 1,073 51 days 49 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 1,332 51 days 49 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 1,180 56 days 52 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 1,192 61 days 57 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 1,201 42 days 48 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 1,301 45 days 47 days

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 3 surgery was 52 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 163 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 3,412 52 days 163 days
2016–17 3,271 67 days 153 days
2015–16 2,928 99 days 152 days
2014–15 3,058 85 days 143 days
2013–14 2,710 76 days 128 days
2012–13 2,000 107 days 140 days
2011–12 2,003 70 days 134 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 1,092 37 days 186 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 827 53 days 169 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 771 60 days 148 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 722 64 days 147 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 898 53 days 167 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 847 75 days 155 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 746 62 days 143 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 780 72 days 145 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 854 88 days 161 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 694 95 days 149 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 688 109 days 149 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 692 115 days 147 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 744 98 days 163 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 703 102 days 149 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 764 76 days 134 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 847 56 days 131 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 833 55 days 127 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 716 81 days 133 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 565 90 days 123 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 596 93 days 131 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 435 108 days 143 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 528 113 days 137 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 516 110 days 143 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 521 99 days 140 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 477 85 days 145 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 415 77 days 136 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 509 56 days 126 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 602 50 days 129 days