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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 15 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 623 15 days Not peered
2016–17 683 14 days Not peered
2015–16 696 15 days 16 days
2014–15 642 11 days 16 days
2013–14 523 13 days 18 days
2012–13 485 18 days 17 days
2011–12 487 13 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
2017–18 623 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 683 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 696 0.0% 0.1%
2014–15 642 0.0% 0.1%
2013–14 523 0.0% 0.1%
2012–13 485 0.0% 0.2%
2011–12 487 0.2% 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 41 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 613 41 days Not peered
2016–17 563 36 days Not peered
2015–16 519 57 days 67 days
2014–15 567 32 days 57 days
2013–14 513 48 days 57 days
2012–13 490 49 days 53 days
2011–12 509 55 days 51 days

Surgery by ear, nose and throat 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 ear, nose and throat surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 613 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 563 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 519 0.0% 5.0%
2014–15 567 0.0% 4.7%
2013–14 513 0.6% 5.8%
2012–13 490 0.6% 7.3%
2011–12 509 5.3% 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 35 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,921 35 days Not peered
2016–17 1,996 53 days Not peered
2015–16 1,841 83 days 75 days
2014–15 1,899 68 days 70 days
2013–14 1,439 58 days 63 days
2012–13 1,031 101 days 62 days
2011–12 1,158 56 days 62 days

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

In 2017–18, 0.1% 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 1,921 0.1% Not peered
2016–17 1,996 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 1,841 0.0% 1.6%
2014–15 1,899 0.0% 1.4%
2013–14 1,439 0.0% 2.8%
2012–13 1,031 0.0% 4.2%
2011–12 1,158 0.0% 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 35 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 2,005 35 days Not peered
2016–17 2,164 40 days Not peered
2015–16 2,103 39 days 28 days
2014–15 2,316 36 days 26 days
2013–14 2,149 42 days 28 days
2012–13 1,996 51 days 27 days
2011–12 2,134 36 days 28 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 2,005 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 2,164 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 2,103 0.0% 2.2%
2014–15 2,316 0.0% 1.6%
2013–14 2,149 0.5% 2.5%
2012–13 1,996 0.4% 3.1%
2011–12 2,134 1.1% 2.7%

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 36 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 473 36 days Not peered
2016–17 457 42 days Not peered
2015–16 422 43 days 35 days
2014–15 430 62 days 30 days
2013–14 483 59 days 31 days
2012–13 396 45 days 31 days
2011–12 397 40 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
2017–18 473 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 457 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 422 0.0% 1.4%
2014–15 430 0.0% 1.0%
2013–14 483 0.2% 3.6%
2012–13 396 0.0% 3.0%
2011–12 397 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 41 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,169 41 days Not peered
2016–17 1,212 48 days Not peered
2015–16 1,185 42 days 51 days
2014–15 1,298 40 days 52 days
2013–14 1,306 39 days 53 days
2012–13 1,321 45 days 48 days
2011–12 1,397 46 days 47 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 1,169 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 1,212 0.1% Not peered
2015–16 1,185 0.0% 3.7%
2014–15 1,298 0.1% 3.2%
2013–14 1,306 0.5% 6.6%
2012–13 1,321 0.3% 6.7%
2011–12 1,397 0.6% 5.3%

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 12 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 977 12 days Not peered
2016–17 1,076 12 days Not peered
2015–16 1,260 14 days 27 days
2014–15 1,607 13 days 22 days
2013–14 1,545 14 days 22 days
2012–13 1,406 14 days 21 days
2011–12 1,462 16 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
2017–18 977 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 1,076 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 1,260 0.0% 2.4%
2014–15 1,607 0.0% 1.9%
2013–14 1,545 0.0% 2.6%
2012–13 1,406 0.1% 1.8%
2011–12 1,462 0.2% 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 27 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,901 27 days Not peered
2016–17 1,912 34 days Not peered
2015–16 1,793 27 days 27 days
2014–15 1,847 25 days 25 days
2013–14 1,785 25 days 26 days
2012–13 1,644 27 days 26 days
2011–12 1,553 29 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 1,901 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 1,912 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 1,793 0.0% 0.9%
2014–15 1,847 0.0% 0.7%
2013–14 1,785 0.0% 1.1%
2012–13 1,644 0.1% 1.4%
2011–12 1,553 0.0% 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 54 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 366 54 days Not peered
2016–17 337 35 days Not peered
2015–16 325 52 days 20 days
2014–15 294 28 days 18 days
2013–14 343 49 days 18 days
2012–13 285 31 days 18 days
2011–12 284 24 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
2017–18 366 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 337 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 325 0.0% 0.7%
2014–15 294 0.0% 0.7%
2013–14 343 0.0% 1.0%
2012–13 285 0.4% 0.9%
2011–12 284 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, the median waiting time for elective surgery performed by all other types of surgeon was 7 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 236 7 days Not peered
2016–17 242 7 days Not peered
2015–16 263 7 days 20 days
2014–15 505 21 days 20 days
2013–14 504 28 days 18 days
2012–13 562 29 days 20 days
2011–12 606 22 days 23 days

Surgery by other types of surgeon: 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 all other types of surgeon at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 236 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 242 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 263 0.0% 0.3%
2014–15 505 0.0% 0.4%
2013–14 504 0.2% 0.4%
2012–13 562 0.0% 0.5%
2011–12 606 0.0% 0.5%