Elective Surgery Access Policy - WA Health Services
This policy replaces and supersedes the Elective Surgery Access Policy 2006. The new policy is a revision of the 2006 Policy and includes the following significant changes:
- the Policy applies to all Health Services on a State-wide basis;
- new Clinical Prioritisation Guidelines to determine clinical urgency to be routinely applied to elective procedures;
- all urgency Category 1 cases must be given a booking date at the time of request for placement on a wait list; and
- new procedures apply to patient initiated deferrals.
All staff involved with the provision of elective surgery in Health Services should become familiar with the policy. Area Chief Executives should ensure that all managers and staff involved with elective surgery are informed about the policy.
Consistent application of this policy on a State-wide basis will lead to more equitable and efficient use of WA Health’s elective surgery capacity.
Dr Peter Flett
This circular last updated: Wednesday, 27 May 2009 at 8:23am