After a year of waiting on a referral and a triage approval 5 months ago, I now have a date to meet the surgeon on my 60th birthday! Hopefully it's a good present. The booking admin said that even though I was accepted during triage, the surgeon (Dr Kuchinad) can still recommend a delay or alternatives. Or if he accepts me, then another delay until a hole opens up in his calendar. But at least a decision made then. Keeping my fingers crossed until then.