Elective surgery is surgery that, in the opinion of the treating doctor, is needed but can be delayed for at least 24 hours. Patients who need elective surgery are placed on a register, or waiting list, so that their surgery can be planned.
When a person is placed on a waiting list, they are assessed by a surgeon and prioritised depending on the urgency of their condition, and a category is assigned. There are three urgency categories, where 1 is most urgent and 3 is least urgent. The categorisation system ensures that people most in need of care are treated first.
|Number of patients treated||0||13||12||12||0||49||6||0||0||0||2|
|Patients treated within the clinically recommended times||0%||100%||100%||100%||0%||100%||100%||0%||0%||0%||100%|
|Number of patients waiting||0||14||7||12||0||41||21||0||0||0||0|
|Number of patients waiting longer than the clinically recommended times – ready for surgery||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Number of patients waiting longer than the clinically recommended times – not ready for surgery||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Patients waiting within the clinically recommended times – ready for surgery||0%||100%||100%||85.7%||0%||100%||100%||0%||0%||0%||0%|
|Indicators||Category 1||Category 2||Category 3||Total|
|Median waiting time to treatment (days)||5||63||174||174|
|90th percentile waiting time to treatment (days)||21||87||334||287|
|Median waiting time to treatment (days)||-||237||82||21||-||174||108||-||-||-||24|
|90th percentile waiting time to treatment (days)||-||238||287||133||-||362||255||-||-||-||30|
All data is preliminary and subject to change. "-" indicates data not available or not applicable.
Source: HBCIS Elective Admissions Module, Queensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection (QHAPDC)
Note: For Quarterly information by surgical specialty - a median value is not displayed where there are less than 10 patients treated.
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Of the patients who received their elective surgery in Queensland during 2018-19, 94.3% were treated within clinically recommended times.