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Elective surgery services

Limitations to Surgical Treatment Across the State

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 within South Australia, the State Coordinator has made a Direction under the Emergency Management Act 2004 to limit surgery, treatment and procedures to emergencies only.

Read more about what this means on our Limitations to Surgical Treatment Across the State web page.

About Elective Surgery

If you require elective surgery, your specialist will place you on a hospital’s booking list after a medical assessment. They will determine how urgent your condition is and plan your surgery using one of the three national clinical urgency categories:

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.

There are eight metropolitan public hospitals and twenty nine country public hospitals which perform elective surgery which are referred to as Booking List Hospitals in SA.

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