Elective surgery at South Metropolitan Health Service

TheSMHS Elective Surgery information brochure (Word 83KB) describes what it means to be on a South Metropolitan Health Service public hospital elective surgery waiting list, and what patients need to do while on the waiting list.

Elective surgery is a term used for non-emergency surgery that is medically necessary, but can be delayed for at least 24 hours.

Elective surgery is usually performed by a surgeon in an operating theatre or procedure room under some form of anaesthesia. It is different to cosmetic surgery, which is not performed in public hospitals.

Patients requiring emergency surgery are not placed on the elective surgery waiting list.

Elective surgery during COVID-19

Elective surgery across the WA public health system has been significantly scaled back to allow hospitals and staff to prepare for COVID-19.

If your surgery is going to be changed or cancelled, you will be contacted by the hospital in due course.

Please be aware only urgent surgery and procedures will proceed for the foreseeable future.

Read more information about COVID-19 changes to elective surgery (external PDF 172KB).

Information for referrers

Read information for referrers of elective surgery patients (PDF 170KB).

Western Australian Surgery Target (WEST)

Find out more about WEST.