Elective surgery at South Metropolitan Health Service

The SMHS 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.

Western Australian Surgery Target (WEST)

Find out more about WEST.