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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 3,213 100% 93%
2016–17 3,152 100% 95%
2015–16 3,141 100% 96%
2014–15 3,455 100% 96%
2013–14 3,205 100% 96%
2012–13 3,161 99% 93%
2011–12 2,879 98% 90%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 30 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 808 99% 93%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 758 100% 93%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 827 100% 94%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 820 100% 94%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 806 100% 95%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 724 100% 95%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 856 100% 95%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 766 100% 95%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 784 99% 95%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 654 100% 95%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 842 100% 96%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 861 100% 96%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 805 100% 95%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 835 100% 96%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 914 100% 97%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 901 100% 97%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 745 100% 97%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 753 100% 95%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 839 100% 96%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 868 100% 96%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 787 100% 95%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 657 100% 93%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 873 99% 94%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 844 99% 92%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 668 98% 90%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 662 96% 89%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 763 99% 91%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 786 99% 90%

Category 2 (surgery recommended within 90 days)

In 2017–18, 97% 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 3,730 97% 85%
2016–17 3,056 98% 85%
2015–16 2,786 99% 84%
2014–15 3,235 99% 85%
2013–14 3,397 100% 80%
2012–13 2,893 93% 77%
2011–12 2,485 94% 76%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 90 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 965 95% 84%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 813 95% 81%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 985 98% 86%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 967 99% 87%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 870 98% 83%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 683 95% 82%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 714 99% 86%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 789 98% 88%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 691 99% 84%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 632 99% 81%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 759 99% 84%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 704 100% 85%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 810 100% 84%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 711 99% 83%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 813 99% 87%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 901 97% 86%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 856 100% 83%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 830 100% 78%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 844 100% 80%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 867 100% 80%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 859 96% 79%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 659 92% 76%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 671 89% 78%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 704 92% 77%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 600 90% 75%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 620 90% 72%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 570 98% 78%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 695 97% 79%

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, 96% 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 3,807 96% 91%
2016–17 3,512 97% 93%
2015–16 3,293 98% 93%
2014–15 3,694 97% 94%
2013–14 3,092 97% 91%
2012–13 1,818 92% 89%
2011–12 1,796 91% 89%
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Surgeries within 365 days Peer group average
2017–18 Apr–Jun 910 94% 90%
2017–18 Jan–Mar 853 94% 89%
2017–18 Oct–Dec 985 97% 92%
2017–18 Jul–Sep 1,059 98% 94%
2016–17 Apr–Jun 946 97% 92%
2016–17 Jan–Mar 793 97% 94%
2016–17 Oct–Dec 848 97% 94%
2016–17 Jul–Sep 925 96% 94%
2015–16 Apr–Jun 799 97% 92%
2015–16 Jan–Mar 794 99% 93%
2015–16 Oct–Dec 777 97% 93%
2015–16 Jul–Sep 923 98% 94%
2014–15 Apr–Jun 950 97% 93%
2014–15 Jan–Mar 886 99% 95%
2014–15 Oct–Dec 894 97% 95%
2014–15 Jul–Sep 964 97% 94%
2013–14 Apr–Jun 782 96% 92%
2013–14 Jan–Mar 809 98% 92%
2013–14 Oct–Dec 808 97% 91%
2013–14 Jul–Sep 693 98% 91%
2012–13 Apr–Jun 506 92% 89%
2012–13 Jan–Mar 445 94% 90%
2012–13 Oct–Dec 454 93% 87%
2012–13 Jul–Sep 413 91% 90%
2011–12 Apr–Jun 334 92% 87%
2011–12 Jan–Mar 416 94% 88%
2011–12 Oct–Dec 477 88% 89%
2011–12 Jul–Sep 569 92% 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 9 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 3,213 9 days 12 days
2016–17 3,152 10 days 11 days
2015–16 3,141 10 days 10 days
2014–15 3,455 9 days 10 days
2013–14 3,205 9 days 10 days
2012–13 3,161 9 days 10 days
2011–12 2,879 11 days 11 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 808 9 days 13 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 758 9 days 12 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 827 11 days 12 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 820 9 days 12 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 806 10 days 12 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 724 8 days 11 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 856 10 days 11 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 766 10 days 11 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 784 11 days 11 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 654 9 days 10 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 842 9 days 10 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 861 11 days 10 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 805 9 days 11 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 835 8 days 10 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 914 8 days 10 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 901 9 days 10 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 745 9 days 10 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 753 9 days 10 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 839 10 days 10 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 868 9 days 10 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 787 8 days 10 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 657 9 days 9 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 873 9 days 10 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 844 9 days 11 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 668 11 days 11 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 662 11 days 11 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 763 10 days 10 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 786 10 days 10 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 51 days.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 3,730 42 days 51 days
2016–17 3,056 38 days 49 days
2015–16 2,786 37 days 49 days
2014–15 3,235 39 days 47 days
2013–14 3,397 37 days 49 days
2012–13 2,893 40 days 50 days
2011–12 2,485 38 days 50 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 965 41 days 51 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 813 45 days 57 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 985 45 days 50 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 967 39 days 48 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 870 38 days 50 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 683 40 days 54 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 714 35 days 47 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 789 39 days 45 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 691 41 days 49 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 632 40 days 52 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 759 36 days 48 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 704 35 days 47 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 810 38 days 48 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 711 41 days 50 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 813 37 days 44 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 901 39 days 43 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 856 41 days 47 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 830 39 days 53 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 844 34 days 49 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 867 35 days 46 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 859 36 days 49 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 659 42 days 54 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 671 41 days 49 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 704 40 days 49 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 600 44 days 52 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 620 40 days 57 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 570 35 days 48 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 695 35 days 47 days

Category 3 (surgery recommended within 365 days)

In 2017–18, the median waiting time for Category 3 surgery was 153 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 3,807 153 days 163 days
2016–17 3,512 130 days 153 days
2015–16 3,293 144 days 152 days
2014–15 3,694 129 days 143 days
2013–14 3,092 95 days 128 days
2012–13 1,818 104 days 140 days
2011–12 1,796 101 days 134 days
Year Quarter Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 Apr–Jun 910 200 days 186 days
2017–18 Jan–Mar 853 165 days 169 days
2017–18 Oct–Dec 985 133 days 148 days
2017–18 Jul–Sep 1,059 121 days 147 days
2016–17 Apr–Jun 946 130 days 167 days
2016–17 Jan–Mar 793 128 days 155 days
2016–17 Oct–Dec 848 123 days 143 days
2016–17 Jul–Sep 925 139 days 145 days
2015–16 Apr–Jun 799 146 days 161 days
2015–16 Jan–Mar 794 160 days 149 days
2015–16 Oct–Dec 777 143 days 149 days
2015–16 Jul–Sep 923 139 days 147 days
2014–15 Apr–Jun 950 165 days 163 days
2014–15 Jan–Mar 886 147 days 149 days
2014–15 Oct–Dec 894 123 days 134 days
2014–15 Jul–Sep 964 110 days 131 days
2013–14 Apr–Jun 782 99 days 127 days
2013–14 Jan–Mar 809 99 days 133 days
2013–14 Oct–Dec 808 83 days 123 days
2013–14 Jul–Sep 693 97 days 131 days
2012–13 Apr–Jun 506 120 days 143 days
2012–13 Jan–Mar 445 94 days 137 days
2012–13 Oct–Dec 454 87 days 143 days
2012–13 Jul–Sep 413 117 days 140 days
2011–12 Apr–Jun 334 109 days 145 days
2011–12 Jan–Mar 416 88 days 136 days
2011–12 Oct–Dec 477 105 days 126 days
2011–12 Jul–Sep 569 101 days 129 days