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: 28 Feb 2023

Specialty Procedure Median Waiting Times
ENT Excision of thyroid gland 4 weeks
ENT Excision of tonsil 10 weeks
ENT Operations on septum of nose 16 weeks
ENT Other excision of lesion of skin 10 weeks
ENT Repair of eardrum 11 weeks
General Surgery Excision of gall bladder 33 weeks
General Surgery Other excision of lesion of skin 26 weeks
General Surgery Primary repair of inguinal hernia 36 weeks
General Surgery Primary repair of umbilical hernia 32 weeks
General Surgery Repair of other hernia of abdominal wall 35 weeks
Gynaecology Abdominal excision of uterus 9 weeks
Gynaecology Diagnostic endoscopic examination of uterus 4 weeks
Gynaecology Other operations on vulva 5 weeks
Gynaecology Other repair of prolapse of vagina 22 weeks
Gynaecology Unilateral excision of adnexa of uterus 10 weeks
Ophthalmology Correction of deformity of eyelid 17 weeks
Ophthalmology Extirpation of lesion of eyelid 6 weeks
Ophthalmology Filtering operations on iris 8 weeks
Ophthalmology Operations on vitreous body 9 weeks
Ophthalmology Prosthesis of lens 18 weeks
Oral Surgery Excision of dental lesion of jaw 9 weeks
Oral Surgery Extirpation of lesion of tongue 3 weeks
Oral Surgery Orthodontic operations 21 weeks
Oral Surgery Simple extraction of tooth 10 weeks
Oral Surgery Surgical removal of tooth 14 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Hybrid prosthetic replacement of hip joint using cemented femoral component 28 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Other internal fixation of bone 17 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Release of entrapment of peripheral nerve at wrist 28 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Total prosthetic replacement of hip joint not using cement 54 weeks
Trauma & Orthopaedics Total prosthetic replacement of knee joint using cement 51 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 5 weeks
Urology Operations on prepuce 20 weeks
Urology Other operations on outlet of male bladder 4 weeks