Data


Median waiting time (days) of elective surgery cases on wait list as at end of month


Median waiting time (days) of elective surgery cases on wait list as at end of month
Category Oct 2017 Nov 2017 Dec 2017 Jan 2018 Feb 2018 Mar 2018 Apr 2018 May 2018 Jun 2018 Jul 2018 Aug 2018 Sep 2018 Oct 2018
1 13 10 18 12 12 14 13 11 11 13 11 13 12
2 40 35 41 50 35 38 39 35 36 39 36 40 40
3 104 102 110 118 119 123 129 112 114 113 108 114 112

Median waiting time (days) of elective surgery cases on wait list by hospital and specialty

Cases
For the purposes of this report, patients are referred to as cases. This is because a patient may be on an elective surgery waiting list for more than one procedure. For example, if a patient is on a waiting list twice, for two different procedures, this will be counted as two cases.

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.

Median
This refers to 50% of the elective surgery waiting times found at or below this value. Caution should be exercised when interpreting results for small data sets.

Specialty
Specialty refers to "The area of clinical expertise held by the doctor who will perform the elective surgery". (Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Elective surgery waiting list episode - surgical specialty definition (http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/269607)). For Bariatric surgery, these cases are identified by the wait listed procedure rather than the clinician specialty.

Source
WA Elective Surgery Wait List Data Collection, Information and System Performance Directorate, Department of Health WA.
Data extracted 1 Nov 2018