Elective Waiting Times

Provided below are the median waiting times for the most performed inpatient and daycase elective procedures in certain specialties. Waiting times are calculated from the date of addition to the waiting list until the date of admission to hospital for treatment and are based on admissions in a 6-month period.

The median waiting times are provided to give a perspective of recent waiting times for elective procedures. Individual waiting times will potentially be different from the median waiting times presented below as each individual patient waiting times for elective admission will be influenced by a number of different variables.

Last updated: 31 Aug 2023

Specialty Procedure Median Waiting Times
ENT Diagnostic endoscopic examination of pharynx 1 weeks
ENT Drainage of middle ear 10 weeks
ENT Excision of thyroid gland 4 weeks
ENT Excision of tonsil 12 weeks
ENT Operations on septum of nose 25 weeks
General Surgery Excision of gall bladder 47 weeks
General Surgery Other excision of lesion of skin 27 weeks
General Surgery Primary repair of incisional hernia 34 weeks
General Surgery Primary repair of inguinal hernia 28 weeks
General Surgery Primary repair of umbilical hernia 36 weeks
Gynaecology Abdominal excision of uterus 15 weeks
Gynaecology Diagnostic endoscopic examination of uterus 6 weeks
Gynaecology Other operations on vulva 4 weeks
Gynaecology Other repair of prolapse of vagina 44 weeks
Gynaecology Therapeutic endoscopic operations on uterus 6 weeks
Ophthalmology Combined operations on muscles of eye 26 weeks
Ophthalmology Correction of deformity of eyelid 17 weeks
Ophthalmology Operations on vitreous body 10 weeks
Ophthalmology Prosthesis of lens 9 weeks
Ophthalmology Reconstruction of eyelid 6 weeks
Oral Surgery Excision of dental lesion of jaw 15 weeks
Oral Surgery Orthodontic operations 22 weeks
Oral Surgery Other excision of lesion of skin 34 weeks
Oral Surgery Simple extraction of tooth 24 weeks
Oral Surgery Surgical removal of tooth 36 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Hybrid prosthetic replacement of hip joint using cemented femoral component 49 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Operations on spinal nerve root 20 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Release of entrapment of peripheral nerve at wrist 18 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Total prosthetic replacement of hip joint not using cement 56 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Total prosthetic replacement of knee joint using cement 51 weeks
Urology Diagnostic endoscopic examination of bladder 6 weeks
Urology Endoscopic extirpation of lesion of bladder 5 weeks
Urology Extracorporeal fragmentation of calculus of kidney 3 weeks
Urology Operations on prepuce 33 weeks
Urology Other operations on outlet of male bladder 4 weeks