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.
Monthly elective surgery information by urgency category for
Monthly elective surgery information on patients treated in turn for
Monthly elective surgery information by surgical specialty for
Quarterly elective surgery information by urgency category for
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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Statewide, almost a quarter of elective surgery patients are treated within 7 days of being placed on a waiting list, and more than half are treated within a month.