Survey conducted on behalf of the Department of Health - Elective Care Centres

Age Sector Platform recently conducted a survey regarding Elective Care Centres on behalf of the Department of Health. A brief analysis of the results can be found below.

If you would like more information on daycase Elective Care Centres, please contact Joanne.Elliott@health-ni.gov.uk

*The survey was open from 30 April – 12 May 2019.


In October 2018, elective care centres were announced for cataract and varicose vein procedures. These prototype centres have been operational since December 2018 and form part of a long-term plan to reduce waiting lists. The Department of Health intends to roll these elective care centres out to include a wider range of procedures, such as endoscopies and paediatric procedures.

It is likely that patients will have to travel a bit further to receive their procedure at elective care centres, but will benefit from reduced waiting times for such procedures.

The questions and statistics below give you the opportunity to provide direct feedback on the roll-out of these elective care centres.

1. Are you supportive of the separation of daycase elective care from emergency care to reduce waiting times for daycase elective care surgery?

From the 226 individuals surveyed, it is evident that there is strong support for the separation of daycase elective care from emergency care as a way to reduce waiting times, amongst other benefits. A small minority of 5.8 per cent were unsure if they were in support of the separation while there was scant support for keeping the two combined. 


2. Would you be willing to travel further if it meant that you would get your procedures done more quickly or with less risk of cancellation?

Over 80 per cent of those asked said they would be willing to travel further if there were benefits such as reduced waiting/procedure times and less the risk of cancellation. However, almost 16 per cent of those asked were either unsure or unwilling to travel a distance to receive their procedures regardless of the benefits.


3. How would you most likely travel to hospital if you are if you were undergoing a day procedure (private transport, public transport, taxi?)

The majority of those surveyed would travel in their own private transport compared to the 16.4 per cent who would use public transport such as bus or train and the 5.8 per cent that would use a taxi.   With regards to the 19 individuals who responded ‘Other’ the consensus was to be driven by a relative/friend or the mode of transport would be determined by the procedure (e.g. unable to drive due to cataract procedure).