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Provincial Wait Time Benchmark Update

Provincial wait time information from April to September of 2011-2012 shows that benchmark performance in Newfoundland and Labrador continues to be strong and the majority of patients are receiving timely access to care.

Provincial data results for these first two quarters combined show that:

  • Almost all (96%) newly diagnosed cancer patients commenced radiation treatment within the 28 day benchmark;
  • All or 100% of bypass surgeries were performed within the 182 days;
  • Nearly three quarters (71%) of cataract cases on the first eye were performed within 112 days;
  • Eight out of 10 (82%) of hip replacements were completed within the recommended benchmark of 182 days;
  • Six out of 10 (62%) of knee replacements were performed within 182 days. However, regional data shows that 9 out of 10 patients accessed knee replacementsurgery within 182 days in three of the health regions. In the fourth region demand is significantly higher, consequently patients experience much longer wait times; and,
  • Nine out of 10 (91%) of patients underwent hip fracture surgery within the benchmark of 48 hours.

Provincial Wait Times Data
2011-12 Quarters 1 and 2: April 1 to September 30, 2011

Newfoundland and Labrador Wait Times - (April - September, 2011)

Service Area

Pan-Canadian Benchmarks

50th percentile wait time

90th percentile wait time

Percent within benchmark

Curative Radiotherapy Within 4 weeks (28 days) of being ready to treat. 14 days 26 days 96%
Coronary Bypass Surgery (CABG) Level 1 Within 2 weeks (14 days) 1 day 3 days 100%
Level 2 Within 6 weeks (42 days) 3 days 21 days 96%
Level 3 Within 26 weeks (182 days) 8 days 57 days 100%
Cataracts (First eye) Within 16 weeks (112 days) for patients who are at high risk. 73 days 176 days 71%
Hip Replacement Within 26 weeks (182 days) 93 days 334 days 82%
Knee Replacement Within 26 weeks (182 days) 139 days 469 days 62%
Hip Fracture Repair Fixation within 48 hours 24h 25m 47h 47m 91%
Source: Regional Health Authorities, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Date: March 15, 2012
 
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