Reference 2019-449

REF:            2019-449

Subject:        Cancelled operations



The total number of operations cancelled for non-clinical reasons, broken down by the cause of the cancellation, for example due to lack of beds, operating theatre capacity, staffing issues, and equipment failures. Please provide this information for each of the past three financial years (2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19). In the total number of operations, broken down by cancellation reason, please include:

  • Elective operations cancelled at the last minute. For the purposes of this request, last minute means on the day the patient was due to arrive, after the patient has arrived in hospital or on the day of the operation or surgery.
  • Cancelled urgent operations.

For ease, please use the table below for responses.

Reason for Cancellation 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Lack of beds      
Operating theatre capacity / list over-ran      
Staffing issues      
Equipment failures      
Emergency case took priority      
Adverse weather      
Booking / admin error      
Case note unavailable      
Other reasons      




Please find information attached.

2019-449 – FOI Request – Cancelled operations [11 kb] Ms Excel