Elective Surgery Services

Limitations to surgical treatment across the state 
The Emergency Management (COVID-19) (Stay at home) Direction 2020 (PDF, 2.0 MB) came into effect at 12.01 am on Thursday 19 November 2020.  The Direction prohibits certain public activities. Essential health services are exempt.
For more information visit the Limitations to surgical treatment page.

A major priority for the South Australian Government is to reduce the waiting time for patients who require elective surgery in our hospitals.

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.