Queensland Reporting Hospitals
Elective Surgery is planned surgery that can be booked in advance. The planned surgical procedure is a result of an assessment with a patient’s treating specialist. Patients are prioritised for elective surgery based on their health condition and symptoms. The treating specialist will assign a patient’s category at the time of their assessment and are placed on an elective surgery wait list or register.
To provide a comprehensive picture of the elective surgery urgency, waiting times are guided by three categories. The clinically recommended timeframes for a patient to receive their elective surgery are:
Category 1 – elective surgery required within 30 calendar days
Category 2 – elective surgery required within 90 calendar days
Category 3 – elective surgery required within 365 calendar days.
In some specialities there are high numbers of patients waiting to receive their elective surgery, which may result in patients waiting longer than clinically recommended.
For further information about elective surgery at Queensland public hospitals, visit Operations and surgical procedures | Health and wellbeing | Queensland Government (www.qld.gov.au) or Waiting lists | Health and wellbeing | Queensland Government (www.qld.gov.au).
|Indicators||Category 1||Category 2||Category 3||Total|
|Number of patients treated||14,613||14,120||7,588||36,321|
|Patients treated within the clinically recommended times||86.7%||70.9%||77.2%||78.5%|
|Number of patients waiting||4,505||18,525||35,332||58,362|
|Number of patients waiting longer than the clinically recommended times – ready for surgery||341||3,242||2,470||6,053|
|Number of patients waiting longer than the clinically recommended times – not ready for surgery||75||553||462||1,090|
|Patients waiting within the clinically recommended times – ready for surgery||90.7%||79.6%||92.4%||88.4%|
|Category 2 and 3 patients treated in turn||47|
- This table excludes data from Beaudesert, Mater Adult Public, Mater Mothers’ Public and Mater Children’s Public Hospitals.
|Number of patients treated||634||3,104||9,121||4,930||628||3,323||5,852||3,377||3,849||959||544|
|Patients treated within the clinically recommended times||76.2%||70.4%||85.1%||85.8%||77.7%||82.5%||73.3%||70.4%||70.9%||75.7%||94.7%|
|Number of patients waiting||739||7,283||10,204||7,167||767||5,746||16,376||4,600||4,058||1,042||380|
|Number of patients waiting longer than the clinically recommended times – ready for surgery||224||766||792||489||123||512||1,788||707||502||132||18|
|Number of patients waiting longer than the clinically recommended times – not ready for surgery||17||158||153||88||25||48||360||108||92||34||7|
|Patients waiting within the clinically recommended times – ready for surgery||61.2%||88.6%||91%||92.4%||81.6%||90.6%||87.8%||82.7%||85.1%||85.6%||94.9%|
All data is preliminary and subject to change. "-" indicates data not available to determine calculation 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.