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.
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.