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Westmead Hospital

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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 35 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 536 35 days Not peered
2016–17 475 29 days Not peered
2015–16 503 26 days 16 days
2014–15 519 28 days 16 days
2013–14 503 21 days 18 days
2012–13 534 22 days 17 days
2011–12 530 26 days 16 days

Surgery by cardio-thoracic surgeons: percentage of patients who waited longer than 365 days

In 2017–18, 0.2% 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
2017–18 536 0.2% Not peered
2016–17 475 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 503 0.0% 0.1%
2014–15 519 0.2% 0.1%
2013–14 503 0.0% 0.1%
2012–13 534 0.0% 0.2%
2011–12 530 0.4% 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 182 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 380 182 days Not peered
2016–17 372 130 days Not peered
2015–16 358 74 days 67 days
2014–15 396 106 days 57 days
2013–14 379 65 days 57 days
2012–13 317 55 days 53 days
2011–12 296 42 days 51 days

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

In 2017–18, 14.2% 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
2017–18 380 14.2% Not peered
2016–17 372 7.8% Not peered
2015–16 358 2.0% 5.0%
2014–15 396 2.3% 4.7%
2013–14 379 3.2% 5.8%
2012–13 317 1.9% 7.3%
2011–12 296 7.1% 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 122 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 2,113 122 days Not peered
2016–17 1,945 110 days Not peered
2015–16 1,926 147 days 75 days
2014–15 1,958 130 days 70 days
2013–14 1,541 78 days 63 days
2012–13 565 46 days 62 days
2011–12 303 29 days 62 days

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

In 2017–18, 0.5% 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 2,113 0.5% Not peered
2016–17 1,945 0.4% Not peered
2015–16 1,926 0.3% 1.6%
2014–15 1,958 1.2% 1.4%
2013–14 1,541 0.5% 2.8%
2012–13 565 5.3% 4.2%
2011–12 303 5.9% 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 24 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,787 24 days Not peered
2016–17 1,992 23 days Not peered
2015–16 1,780 23 days 28 days
2014–15 2,215 22 days 26 days
2013–14 2,062 21 days 28 days
2012–13 2,077 20 days 27 days
2011–12 2,083 22 days 28 days

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

In 2017–18, 0.2% 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 1,787 0.2% Not peered
2016–17 1,992 0.9% Not peered
2015–16 1,780 0.3% 2.2%
2014–15 2,215 0.3% 1.6%
2013–14 2,062 0.4% 2.5%
2012–13 2,077 0.1% 3.1%
2011–12 2,083 0.4% 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 24 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,619 24 days Not peered
2016–17 1,497 23 days Not peered
2015–16 1,495 25 days 27 days
2014–15 1,688 25 days 26 days
2013–14 1,621 25 days 27 days
2012–13 1,640 27 days 28 days
2011–12 1,498 23 days 27 days

Surgery by gynaecological 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 gynaecological surgeons at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Patients who waited more than 365 days for surgery Peer group average
2017–18 1,619 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 1,497 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 1,495 0.0% 1.8%
2014–15 1,688 0.0% 0.9%
2013–14 1,621 0.1% 1.1%
2012–13 1,640 0.0% 1.9%
2011–12 1,498 0.1% 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 35 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 476 35 days Not peered
2016–17 405 32 days Not peered
2015–16 407 32 days 35 days
2014–15 490 28 days 30 days
2013–14 536 29 days 31 days
2012–13 522 45 days 31 days
2011–12 499 56 days 32 days

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

In 2017–18, 0.4% 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
2017–18 476 0.4% Not peered
2016–17 405 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 407 0.0% 1.4%
2014–15 490 0.0% 1.0%
2013–14 536 1.3% 3.6%
2012–13 522 4.4% 3.0%
2011–12 499 10.8% 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 76 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 684 76 days Not peered
2016–17 648 65 days Not peered
2015–16 548 50 days 51 days
2014–15 460 68 days 52 days
2013–14 396 36 days 53 days
2012–13 282 56 days 48 days
2011–12 329 29 days 47 days

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

In 2017–18, 11.1% 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
2017–18 684 11.1% Not peered
2016–17 648 9.4% Not peered
2015–16 548 8.6% 3.7%
2014–15 460 10.9% 3.2%
2013–14 396 10.1% 6.6%
2012–13 282 17.4% 6.7%
2011–12 329 5.5% 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 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

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

Surgery by paediatric surgeons: 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

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 7 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 407 7 days Not peered
2016–17 309 7 days Not peered
2015–16 256 7 days 27 days
2014–15 298 4 days 22 days
2013–14 271 9 days 22 days
2012–13 255 7 days 21 days
2011–12 274 13 days 23 days

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

In 2017–18, 0.7% 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
2017–18 407 0.7% Not peered
2016–17 309 0.6% Not peered
2015–16 256 0.0% 2.4%
2014–15 298 1.0% 1.9%
2013–14 271 1.5% 2.6%
2012–13 255 3.1% 1.8%
2011–12 274 4.0% 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 44 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 1,950 44 days Not peered
2016–17 1,312 33 days Not peered
2015–16 1,266 29 days 27 days
2014–15 1,704 29 days 25 days
2013–14 1,642 34 days 26 days
2012–13 1,226 30 days 26 days
2011–12 881 29 days 27 days

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

In 2017–18, 0.2% 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 1,950 0.2% Not peered
2016–17 1,312 0.5% Not peered
2015–16 1,266 0.2% 0.9%
2014–15 1,704 0.2% 0.7%
2013–14 1,642 0.2% 1.1%
2012–13 1,226 1.5% 1.4%
2011–12 881 2.3% 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 12 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 613 12 days Not peered
2016–17 580 12 days Not peered
2015–16 531 9 days 20 days
2014–15 558 8 days 18 days
2013–14 616 8 days 18 days
2012–13 426 10 days 18 days
2011–12 420 11 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
2017–18 613 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 580 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 531 0.0% 0.7%
2014–15 558 0.0% 0.7%
2013–14 616 0.0% 1.0%
2012–13 426 0.0% 0.9%
2011–12 420 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 31 days at this hospital.

Year Number of surgeries Median waiting time Peer group median
2017–18 181 31 days Not peered
2016–17 185 20 days Not peered
2015–16 150 25 days 20 days
2014–15 98 18 days 20 days
2013–14 127 22 days 18 days
2012–13 28 12 days 20 days
2011–12 47 14 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
NP Reported data did not meet the criteria to calculate this indicator.
2017–18 181 0.0% Not peered
2016–17 185 0.0% Not peered
2015–16 150 0.0% 0.3%
2014–15 98 0.0% 0.4%
2013–14 127 0.0% 0.4%
2012–13 28 NP 0.5%
2011–12 47 NP 0.5%