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Elective Surgery Plan 2010 - 2014

Four Year Elective Surgery Plan 2010 - 2014

In response to the demand for elective surgery the State Government has allocated an additional $88.6 million over the next four years for extra elective surgical activity in metropolitan and country hospitals.

The Four Year Elective Surgery Plan will build on the achievements of the past four years ensuring access to surgery across South Australian public hospitals is able to be enhanced.

The plan aims to meet national waiting time targets by working to ensure patients receive their planned surgery in line with national waiting time targets:

  • a maximum waiting time of 12 months for non urgent patients
  • a maximum waiting time of three months for semi-urgent patients
  • a maximum waiting time of one month for urgent patients

Through the plan, the capacity for increased volume of surgery will continue at metropolitan tertiary and general hospitals (The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Modbury Hospital, Repatriation General Hospital, Noarlunga Hospital, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and the Lyell McEwin Hospital) and the nominated four major country hospitals (at Berri, Mount Gambier, Port Lincoln and Whyalla). The Women’s and Children’s Hospital will continue to provide complex elective surgery for women and children.

A key strategy of the plan is for patients to be able to have their elective surgery as close as possible to where they live. However, the final determination of where procedures are performed may be based on the complexity of surgery and availability of specialists.

Elective surgery policy framework (PDF 1439KB)

Role of SA Health

SA Health aims to ensure optimal management of elective surgery admissions across the public hospital system in order to:

  • minimise waiting times
  • maximise patient satisfaction
  • promote good health outcomes for individual patients and the community in general.

SA Health also:

  • develops elective surgery guidelines and implements them across the system in collaboration with clinicians
  • ensures equity of access for patients by monitoring performance indicators
  • distributes and monitors any additional government funding allocated to improving the management of elective surgery across the system.

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