Patients treated by urgency category (1,2,3)

When a patient in Victoria is assessed by a surgeon as requiring planned surgery, they are categorised as urgent (Category 1: treatment within 30 days), semi-urgent (Category 2: treatment within 90 days) or non-urgent (Category 3: treatment within 12 months). They are then placed on a hospital-based wait list.

Tap the buttons below for specific data about planned surgery patients treated by urgency category. You can filter by hospital and urgency category.

Scroll further down for more information about the data (measures).

About the data:

The above measures look at:

  • surgery within recommended time
  • overdue surgery outside of recommended time.

About waiting time

Waiting time is the period between the date the patient was listed for the planned surgery procedure and the date they were admitted to hospital for surgery (excluding not-ready-for-surgery days).

The median waiting time is the time within which half of all planned surgery patients are admitted for surgery.

About surgery within and outside of recommended time

The 2022-23 statewide targets for percentage of patients treated within recommended time for the following planned surgery urgency categories are:

  • All categories: 94% of patients across all urgency categories are treated within the recommended time.
  • Category 1 (Urgent): 100% of urgent patients are treated within the recommended time of 30 days.

The 2023–24 statewide targets have not been finalised.

Patients who are not ready for planned surgery and those waiting for a non-surgical procedure are excluded.

A ready-for-surgery patient is classified as overdue for planned surgery if the number of days they waited exceeded the recommended time.


  • Data source: Elective Surgery Information System (ESIS). Data extracted on 16 April 2024
  • Results for the current financial year are preliminary and may change from quarter to quarter, final results will be available in November. Results from the previous financial year have been finalised
  • From 6 February 2023, Monash Health commenced providing maternity services at Sandringham Hospital, replacing The Women's. The data displayed for Women's Sandringham from January to March 2023 represents the period from 1 January to 5 February. The data displayed for Monash at Sandringham from January to March 2023 represents the period from 6 February to 31 March.
  • On 23 February 2023, Monash Health opened the Victorian Heart Hospital. The data displayed for the Victorian Heart Hospital from January to March 2023 represents the period from 23 February to 31 March.
  • Incomplete data submitted for the Mercy Hospital for Women for the Jan-Mar 2024 period
  • Care needs to be taken when assessing results and comparing them to prior periods
  • * No results are available.