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The Children's Hospital at Westmead

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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 99%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 1,902 100% 99%
2016–17 1,886 100% 100%
2015–16 1,771 99% 99%
2014–15 1,720 99% 99%
2013–14 1,735 98% 98%
2012–13 1,559 99% 97%
2011–12 1,586 99% 97%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 483 100% 99%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 441 99% 99%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 501 100% 100%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 477 100% 100%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 516 100% 100%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 427 100% 100%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 496 100% 100%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 447 100% 100%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 436 100% 100%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 429 99% 99%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 489 100% 99%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 417 99% 99%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 406 99% 99%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 398 100% 99%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 440 99% 98%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 476 100% 99%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 428 100% 98%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 382 98% 98%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 457 97% 97%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 468 99% 97%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 399 99% 96%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 303 100% 97%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 385 99% 97%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 472 99% 97%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 398 99% 97%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 355 99% 98%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 412 98% 97%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 421 99% 97%

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, 99% of patients received Category 2 surgery within 90 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 92%.

Year Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 1,744 99% 92%
2016–17 1,783 98% 95%
2015–16 2,098 81% 88%
2014–15 1,677 88% 82%
2013–14 1,783 83% 84%
2012–13 1,662 93% 84%
2011–12 2,011 87% 85%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 418 100% 87%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 417 99% 90%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 460 100% 96%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 449 99% 96%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 395 100% 96%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 446 98% 94%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 500 97% 95%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 442 98% 95%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 547 91% 94%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 485 74% 86%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 516 80% 87%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 550 80% 85%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 435 86% 83%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 369 83% 75%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 423 90% 84%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 450 92% 85%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 398 87% 83%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 444 74% 81%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 478 83% 85%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 463 86% 85%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 404 92% 84%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 297 96% 80%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 478 90% 85%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 483 94% 86%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 483 93% 86%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 485 86% 79%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 541 83% 85%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 502 88% 90%

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, 91% 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 2,141 91% 96%
2016–17 2,415 89% 95%
2015–16 2,134 83% 93%
2014–15 2,516 91% 91%
2013–14 2,748 90% 90%
2012–13 2,708 92% 90%
2011–12 2,830 91% 93%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 471 87% 93%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 507 93% 96%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 547 92% 97%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 616 92% 97%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 531 88% 96%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 588 90% 95%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 570 90% 96%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 726 89% 95%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 604 81% 93%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 499 84% 93%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 516 81% 93%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 515 85% 92%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 581 88% 92%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 575 91% 92%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 631 88% 91%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 729 95% 91%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 690 92% 89%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 607 94% 92%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 737 86% 88%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 714 89% 90%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 697 93% 89%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 579 94% 89%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 757 88% 90%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 675 93% 91%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 711 95% 91%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 690 93% 94%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 681 83% 92%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 748 92% 95%

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

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,902 5 days 7 days
2016–17 1,886 5 days 7 days
2015–16 1,771 5 days 7 days
2014–15 1,720 5 days 6 days
2013–14 1,735 5 days 6 days
2012–13 1,559 6 days 6 days
2011–12 1,586 6 days 6 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 483 5 days 6 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 441 5 days 6 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 501 5 days 7 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 477 5 days 7 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 516 5 days 7 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 427 5 days 7 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 496 6 days 7 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 447 5 days 7 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 436 5 days 7 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 429 6 days 6 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 489 5 days 7 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 417 5 days 7 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 406 6 days 6 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 398 4 days 6 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 440 5 days 6 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 476 6 days 7 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 428 6 days 6 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 382 6 days 7 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 457 6 days 7 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 468 5 days 6 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 399 5 days 6 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 303 6 days 6 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 385 6 days 7 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 472 6 days 6 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 398 5 days 6 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 355 6 days 6 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 412 6 days 6 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 421 6 days 6 days

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 2 surgery was 42 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 1,744 42 days 49 days
2016–17 1,783 45 days 46 days
2015–16 2,098 53 days 49 days
2014–15 1,677 48 days 50 days
2013–14 1,783 54 days 52 days
2012–13 1,662 46 days 50 days
2011–12 2,011 48 days 45 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 418 43 days 52 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 417 45 days 57 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 460 40 days 47 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 449 43 days 42 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 395 41 days 43 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 446 45 days 48 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 500 47 days 47 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 442 47 days 45 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 547 43 days 44 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 485 58 days 52 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 516 58 days 50 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 550 54 days 51 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 435 45 days 49 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 369 55 days 58 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 423 42 days 49 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 450 46 days 46 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 398 50 days 50 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 444 60 days 56 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 478 49 days 51 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 463 55 days 52 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 404 43 days 49 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 297 45 days 56 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 478 51 days 48 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 483 44 days 48 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 483 43 days 43 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 485 56 days 53 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 541 49 days 44 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 502 47 days 42 days

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 3 surgery was 174 days at this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 170 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 2,141 174 days 170 days
2016–17 2,415 176 days 151 days
2015–16 2,134 199 days 146 days
2014–15 2,516 141 days 147 days
2013–14 2,748 137 days 144 days
2012–13 2,708 124 days 138 days
2011–12 2,830 111 days 115 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 471 189 days 183 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 507 173 days 175 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 547 167 days 163 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 616 170 days 160 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 531 184 days 170 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 588 172 days 163 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 570 168 days 133 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 726 184 days 142 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 604 220 days 159 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 499 210 days 151 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 516 188 days 133 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 515 169 days 139 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 581 166 days 154 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 575 141 days 146 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 631 140 days 144 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 729 128 days 145 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 690 141 days 155 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 607 123 days 139 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 737 165 days 147 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 714 127 days 139 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 697 139 days 166 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 579 114 days 136 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 757 128 days 130 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 675 119 days 125 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 711 110 days 142 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 690 123 days 120 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 681 120 days 97 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 748 93 days 108 days