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: 30 Nov 2022

Specialty Procedure Median Waiting Times
ENT Diagnostic endoscopic examination of pharynx 3 weeks
ENT Diagnostic microendoscopic examination of larynx 3 weeks
ENT Excision of thyroid gland 6 weeks
ENT Excision of tonsil 6 weeks
ENT Operations on septum of nose 11 weeks
General Surgery Excision of gall bladder 29 weeks
General Surgery Other excision of lesion of skin 27 weeks
General Surgery Primary repair of inguinal hernia 30 weeks
General Surgery Primary repair of umbilical hernia 33 weeks
General Surgery Repair of other hernia of abdominal wall 32 weeks
Gynaecology Abdominal excision of uterus 8 weeks
Gynaecology Diagnostic endoscopic examination of peritoneum 14 weeks
Gynaecology Diagnostic endoscopic examination of uterus 4 weeks
Gynaecology Other operations on vulva 4 weeks
Gynaecology Other repair of prolapse of vagina 29 weeks
Ophthalmology Combined operations on muscles of eye 25 weeks
Ophthalmology Extirpation of lesion of eyelid 6 weeks
Ophthalmology Filtering operations on iris 8 weeks
Ophthalmology Operations on vitreous body 4 weeks
Ophthalmology Prosthesis of lens 26 weeks
Oral Surgery Excision of other artery 1 weeks
Oral Surgery Extirpation of lesion of lip 5 weeks
Oral Surgery Orthodontic operations 16 weeks
Oral Surgery Simple extraction of tooth 5 weeks
Oral Surgery Surgical removal of tooth 8 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Operations on spinal nerve root 14 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Other internal fixation of bone 10 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Primary decompression operations on lumbar spine 10 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Release of entrapment of peripheral nerve at wrist 30 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Total prosthetic replacement of knee joint using cement 48 weeks
Urology Diagnostic endoscopic examination of bladder 4 weeks
Urology Endoscopic extirpation of lesion of bladder 4 weeks
Urology Extracorporeal fragmentation of calculus of kidney 7 weeks
Urology Operations on prepuce 20 weeks
Urology Other operations on outlet of male bladder 4 weeks