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Queensland Health

Elective Surgery

Bundaberg Hospital

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. Patients are treated in order of medical priority and not in order of when they were added to the list.

Monthly elective surgery information by urgency category for March 2014

IndicatorCategory 1Category 2Category 3Total
Number of patients treated9410823225
Variation in number of patients treated13-10644
Patients treated within the clinically recommended time99100100100
Number of patients waiting71257184512
Number of patients waiting longer than the clinically recommended time0000
Patients waiting within the clinically recommended time100100100100

Monthly elective surgery information on patients treated in turn for March 2014

IndicatorPercentage
Category 2 and 3 patients treated in turn 73

Monthly elective surgery information by surgical specialty for March 2014

IndicatorC-TENTGENGYNNEUOPHORTP&RUROVASOTH
Number of patients treated009047007001800
Variation in number of patients treated---177--43-13--
Patients treated within the clinically recommended time--100100--100-94--
Number of patients waiting043198740016503200
Number of patients waiting longer than the clinically recommended time00000000000
Patients waiting within the clinically recommended time-100100100--100-100--

Quarterly elective surgery information by urgency category for October, November, December 2013

IndicatorCategory 1Category 2Category 3Total
Median waiting time to treatment (days)205310126
90th percentile waiting time to treatment (days)298324583

Quarterly elective surgery information by surgical specialty for October, November, December 2013

IndicatorC-TENTGENGYNNEUOPHORTP&RUROVASOTH
Median waiting time to treatment (days)--2624--60-17--
90th percentile waiting time to treatment (days)--7977--124-75--

Quarterly elective surgery information by surgical specialty for

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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Queensland has the shortest waiting time for elective surgery in Australia.
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