Table 1

Characteristics of the participants

Characteristicn%
Age<65 years16348.1
≥65 years17651.9
Employment statusEmployed9828.9
Self-employed236.8
Retired19256.6
Unemployed267.7
Previous cancellation historyNo cancellations7225.0
1 Cancellation10636.8
2 Cancellations6522.6
≥3 Cancellations4515.6
OperationsGeneral* and vascular16348.1
Orthopaedic13539.8
Others†4112.1
Returns per hospitalNottingham15746.3
Derby4212.4
Chesterfield4212.4
Lincoln4513.3
Leicester5315.6
  • *Including general surgery, colorectal, hepatopancreaticobiliary, upper gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery.

  • †Urology, ear, nose, and throat surgery and maxillofacial surgery.