​Elective surgery in NSW

In New South Wales (NSW), on time elective surgery performance remains strong and is one of the best in the country. The surgery team in the NSW Ministry of Health works in partnership with Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks to maintain and improve access to elective surgery.

We aim to:

  • support the efficient management of surgery waiting lists
  • action enquiries through the Surgery Access Line (call 1800 053 456 during business hours)
  • ensure the people of NSW have predictable and timely access to the surgical services they need through both elective and emergency surgery streams.

Information for patients, carers and families

If you or someone you care for needs or is considering elective surgery in a NSW public hospital, you might have some questions.

The following resources answer many of the frequently asked questions received by NSW Health.

Elective surgery policies

NSW Health policy documents guide the management of elective surgery in the NSW public health system.

Surgery resources

Resources are available for NSW Health staff to support policy implementation.

COVID-19 and surgery

Resources and links for NSW Health staff regarding COVID-19 and elective surgery in NSW.

​Visit the NSW Health website for the latest information on COVID-19.

Current as at: Thursday 8 September 2022
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