The Elective Surgery dashboard is a tool that was designed to help hospitals and surgeons manage and monitor waiting times and schedule elective surgery.
The dashboard does not provide information about individual patients and cannot be used to determine how long a particular patient will wait for their elective surgery procedure.
Elective surgery and waiting times
Elective surgery is planned surgery that can be booked in advance following a specialist clinical assessment. It does not refer to emergency surgery or treatment.
Patients needing elective surgery are placed on a waiting list to be treated according to the clinical urgency category assigned by their treating medical practitioner. There are three clinical urgency categories used:
Category 1: Procedures that are clinically indicated within 30 days
Category 2: Procedures that are clinically indicated within 90 days
Category 3: Procedures that are clinically indicated within 365 days
The length of time a patient will wait for their elective surgery is affected by factors including the type of treatment needed, the clinical urgency and the hospital where the patient is being admitted.
Every effort is made to treat patients within the clinically indicated time. However, sometimes other factors can affect the timely treatment of all patients, including the need for public hospitals to give priority to emergency patients who need a hospital bed.
The Statewide Specialty table shows all specialties and provides information about:
the total number of patients who are ready for surgery (RFS)
the number of patients who have been waiting longer than the recommended time for their elective surgery (Overdue On List)
the total number of postponements
colour coded alert indicators, showing the status of the specialty for all hospitals. Red means there are patients overdue and unscheduled, amber means there are patients due to be treated within 14 days and green means there are no patients overdue.
When a specialty is selected, the dashboard updates to display the list of hospitals relevant to the selected region, in the Hospital status table that perform surgeries in the particular specialty. This can be changed between metro and country with the buttons above the table.
This table shows the specific procedures that patients are waiting to have by chosen hospital and speciality. It also shows a breakdown of the overdue status of the patients on the list, whether they are scheduled for surgery or not, the number of patients not ready for surgery and postponements by procedure.
An alert button column shows the status of individual procedures for the chosen specialty and hospital.
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