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.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to health systems around the world. As part of our response to increase capacity and manage the impact, there has been national agreement to suspend public reporting of hospital performance until further notice. This aligns to the requirement to postpone elements of routine and planned elective surgery and outpatient activity across Australia. We want to reassure you that we have one of the best health systems in the world and are well prepared to tackle novel coronavirus.
|Number of patients treated||0||0||17||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Variation in number of patients treated||-||-||+30.8%||-76.5%||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Patients treated within the clinically recommended times||-||-||100%||100%||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Number of patients waiting||0||0||16||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Number of patients waiting longer than the clinically recommended times – ready for surgery||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Number of patients waiting longer than the clinically recommended times – not ready for surgery||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Patients waiting within the clinically recommended times – ready for surgery||-||-||100%||100%||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Indicators||Category 1||Category 2||Category 3||Total|
|Median waiting time to treatment (days)||17||76||129||72|
|90th percentile waiting time to treatment (days)||27||89||175||126|
|Median waiting time to treatment (days)||-||-||76||71||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|90th percentile waiting time to treatment (days)||-||-||132||77||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
Source: Queensland Health Elective Surgery Data Collection (ESDC)
From 1 July 2018, the State Wide Median and 90th percentile Time-to-Treatment has been expanded to include all Queensland Public Hospitals that report their elective surgery in line with all other performance measures. In alignment with the other Elective Surgery performance numbers, this measure will also be reported monthly instead of quarterly.
Note: A median value is not displayed where there are less than 10 patients treated.