West Moreton Hospital Health Board chairwoman Mary Corbett.
West Moreton Hospital Health Board chairwoman Mary Corbett. Sarah Harvey

Elective surgery waiting lists slashed

AFTER two years operating as an independent entity with appointed hospital boards, West Moreton has achieved a near perfect record on elective surgery waiting lists.

Performance data for the September quarter shows five patients waiting for surgery longer than the recommended period, compared with 640 patients in September last year.

None of these five patients was scheduled for urgent surgery.

Over the past four quarters, West Moreton has consistently achieved 100% of targets for delivering elective surgery within the clinically recommended timeframe for patients requiring urgent treatment (Category 1 - seen within 30 days).

This quarter, West Moreton also achieved 100% performance for semi-urgent elective surgery patients (Category 2 - seen within 90 days).

The $128.7 million expansion of Ipswich Hospital, completed in April, created an extra 84 beds.

West Moreton Hospital Health Board chairwoman Mary Corbett said she was confident waiting times would remain on target as staff continued to find innovative ways to deliver an excellent standard of healthcare.

"We're on track to soon reach a position where no elective surgery patient will be waiting longer than the clinically recommended timeframe, which is great news for our community," Dr Corbett said.

"We have almost reached our goal for patients requiring non-urgent elective surgery (Category 3 - within 365 days) with a performance score of 98% last quarter, compared to 58% for the same quarter the year before.

"Despite increasing demand for all our services, including access to emergency, outpatients and dental appointments, the hospital and health service has significantly improved waiting times to not just meet, but in some cases exceed, community expectations."

Dr Corbett said continual reductions in waiting times for West Moreton patients was the result of improved services, innovative ideas and the dedication of staff.

"Achieving wait time targets for every patient, every day, is becoming 'business as usual' for West Moreton."

Performance data

  • 100% of patients requiring urgent treatment seen on time (within 30 days)
  • 100% of semi-urgent elective surgery patients seen on time (within 90 days).
  • 98% of non-urgent elective surgery patients seen on time (365 days)

* September quarter results



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