Elective Surgery Access and Waiting List management Policy (2015)
This policy replaces and supersedes the Elective Surgery Access Policy- Public and Private Patients (2009) and applies to public and private patients requiring elective surgery at any Western Australian public hospital or health service providing elective surgery services.
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 of the new Policy and its implementation.
This Policy iteration reflects WA Health's vision, alignment with other jurisdictions, and a strengthened approached to elective surgery waiting list management. It is a revision of the 2009 Policy and includes the following significant changes:
- Defined roles and responsibilities for staff involved in the provision of elective surgery services.
- Inclusion of nationally agreed urgency categorisation for high volume procedures.
- An escalation process for instances where a treating specialist's urgency categorisation differs from the nationally agreed categorisation and clinical justification is not forthcoming.
- Change in waiting list management process for Category 1 patients ; patients with referrals for multiple procedures; and patients requesting deferment.
- Structured audit process to ensure the elective surgery waiting lists remain current and are a true representation of system demand.
- Inclusion of recommended timeframes for Category 2 and 3 patients for theatre booking list submission (four  weeks before date of surgery) and pre-admission appointment scheduling (two  weeks before date of surgery) .
- Increase in recommended timeframe for medical leave notice (from four  to six  weeks) to enable appropriate theatre scheduling and utilisation of hospital resources.
Consistent application of this policy across WA Health will lead to more equitable and efficient use of WA Health's elective surgery capacity.
Professor Bryant Stokes
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA
This circular last updated: Thursday, 16 July 2015 at 11:35am