Elective surgery access

How long patients wait for admission from elective surgery waiting lists is a measure of the accessibility of elective surgery.

Waiting times measure the amount of time elapsed from a patient being ready for surgery to their admission for the procedure.

Access to elective surgery is affected by demand for elective surgery, the availability of hospital staff and other resources, clinical factors such as how urgently the surgery is required, and patient factors such as where they live.

This section presents information on waiting times for elective surgery for 2022–23 and for other recent years.