In NSW, on time elective surgery performance remains strong and is the best in the country. The surgery team in the NSW Ministry of Health works in conjunction with the Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks to maintain and improve access to elective surgery by:
The Elective Surgery Waitlist Management Resource Guide has been updated to include information to assist with transferring patients to a new doctor or hospital within a local health district or network.
NSW Health policies and resources relating to elective surgery are:
The Resource Guide provides practical advice on various aspects of the waitlist policy, examples of processes for decision making, escalation and communications around waitlist management in order to assist surgery and waitlist managers to administer the policy.
The Waiting Time and Elective Surgery Policy Self-Assessment tool highlights areas of the policy that are being met and areas where there is opportunity for improvement.
These templates are available for download for NSW public hospital teams to adapt and use.
The Surgery Newsletter includes features on local strategies that Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks are currently implementing to improve on-time elective surgery performance.