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 May 2023

Specialty Procedure Median Waiting Times
ENT Drainage of middle ear 11 weeks
ENT Excision of thyroid gland 3 weeks
ENT Excision of tonsil 10 weeks
ENT Operations on septum of nose 15 weeks
ENT Repair of eardrum 12 weeks
General Surgery Excision of gall bladder 29 weeks
General Surgery Other excision of lesion of skin 27 weeks
General Surgery Primary repair of incisional hernia 32 weeks
General Surgery Primary repair of inguinal hernia 39 weeks
General Surgery Primary repair of umbilical hernia 38 weeks
Gynaecology Abdominal excision of uterus 14 weeks
Gynaecology Diagnostic endoscopic examination of uterus 6 weeks
Gynaecology Other operations on vulva 5 weeks
Gynaecology Other repair of prolapse of vagina 24 weeks
Gynaecology Therapeutic endoscopic operations on uterus 8 weeks
Ophthalmology Correction of deformity of eyelid 17 weeks
Ophthalmology Extirpation of lesion of eyelid 9 weeks
Ophthalmology Filtering operations on iris 8 weeks
Ophthalmology Operations on vitreous body 15 weeks
Ophthalmology Prosthesis of lens 16 weeks
Oral Surgery Excision of dental lesion of jaw 12 weeks
Oral Surgery Orthodontic operations 24 weeks
Oral Surgery Restoration of tooth 19 weeks
Oral Surgery Simple extraction of tooth 17 weeks
Oral Surgery Surgical removal of tooth 25 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Hybrid prosthetic replacement of hip joint using cemented femoral component 37 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Other internal fixation of bone 29 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Release of entrapment of peripheral nerve at wrist 33 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Total prosthetic replacement of hip joint not using cement 56 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Total prosthetic replacement of knee joint using cement 69 weeks
Urology Diagnostic endoscopic examination of bladder 5 weeks
Urology Endoscopic extirpation of lesion of bladder 3 weeks
Urology Extracorporeal fragmentation of calculus of kidney 11 weeks
Urology Operations on prepuce 26 weeks
Urology Other operations on outlet of male bladder 4 weeks