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 Mar 2024

Specialty Procedure Median Waiting Times
ENT Diagnostic microendoscopic examination of larynx 2 weeks
ENT Drainage of middle ear 17 weeks
ENT Excision of thyroid gland 3 weeks
ENT Excision of tonsil 29 weeks
ENT Operations on septum of nose 43 weeks
General Surgery Excision of gall bladder 55 weeks
General Surgery Other excision of lesion of skin 41 weeks
General Surgery Primary repair of incisional hernia 38 weeks
General Surgery Primary repair of inguinal hernia 37 weeks
General Surgery Primary repair of umbilical hernia 55 weeks
Gynaecology Abdominal excision of uterus 11 weeks
Gynaecology Bilateral excision of adnexa of uterus 8 weeks
Gynaecology Diagnostic endoscopic examination of uterus 3 weeks
Gynaecology Other repair of prolapse of vagina 57 weeks
Gynaecology Therapeutic endoscopic operations on uterus 4 weeks
Ophthalmology Correction of deformity of eyelid 10 weeks
Ophthalmology Correction of ptosis of eyelid 8 weeks
Ophthalmology Excision of redundant skin of eyelid 22 weeks
Ophthalmology Operations on vitreous body 9 weeks
Ophthalmology Prosthesis of lens 5 weeks
Oral Surgery Excision of dental lesion of jaw 79 weeks
Oral Surgery Extirpation of lesion of tongue 45 weeks
Oral Surgery Orthodontic operations 35 weeks
Oral Surgery Simple extraction of tooth 5 weeks
Oral Surgery Surgical removal of tooth 47 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Other internal fixation of bone 31 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Release of entrapment of peripheral nerve at wrist 19 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Therapeutic endoscopic operations on semilunar cartilage 33 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Total prosthetic replacement of hip joint not using cement 65 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Total prosthetic replacement of knee joint using cement 53 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 1 weeks
Urology Operations on prepuce 36 weeks
Urology Other operations on outlet of male bladder 4 weeks