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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.

Monthly elective surgery information by urgency category for July 2014

IndicatorCategory 1Category 2Category 3Total
Number of patients treated10810225235
Variation in number of patients treated+33%-26--3
Patients treated within the clinically recommended time99%99%100%99%
Number of patients waiting87207183477
Number of patients waiting longer than the clinically recommended time----
Patients waiting within the clinically recommended time100%100%100%100%

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

IndicatorPercentage
Category 2 and 3 patients treated in turn 76%

Monthly elective surgery information by surgical specialty for July 2014

IndicatorC-TENTGENGYNNEUOPHORTP&RUROVASOTH
Number of patients treated--10356--53-23--
Variation in number of patients treated---3+8%---25-+64%--
Patients treated within the clinically recommended time--100%100%--98%-96%--
Number of patients waiting-4221547--121-52--
Number of patients waiting longer than the clinically recommended time-----------
Patients waiting within the clinically recommended time-100%100%100%--100%-100%--

Quarterly elective surgery information by urgency category for January, February, March 2014

IndicatorCategory 1Category 2Category 3Total
Median waiting time to treatment (days)216812041
90th percentile waiting time to treatment (days)298531085

Quarterly elective surgery information by surgical specialty for January, February, March 2014

IndicatorC-TENTGENGYNNEUOPHORTP&RUROVASOTH
Median waiting time to treatment (days)--2935--67-34--
90th percentile waiting time to treatment (days)--8579--87-81--

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 median waiting time for elective surgery in Australia.
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