Department of the Legislative Assembly

Elective Surgery Waiting Time

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WRITTEN QUESTIONS
10th Assembly


12/04/2006

248. Elective Surgery Waiting Time

Dr Lim to for Minister for Health

QUESTION

1. How many people are currently waiting for elective surgery across the Territory?

2. Please provide the number of people on elective surgery waiting lists by hospital?

3. Please provide the number of people on elective surgery waiting lists for Territory hospitals by category of elective surgery?.

4. What is the longest waiting period for elective surgery, and how many persons are involved, by each Territory hospital?

5 How many persons have died while waiting for an elective surgery medical procedure, by calendar year and for each Territory hospital.

ANSWER


Answered on 06/10/2006
    1. As at 31 May 2006, there were 3277 people on elective surgery waiting lists at NT public hospitals.

    2. The number of people on elective surgery waiting lists by hospital as at 31 May 2006 is as follows:

    HospitalNo. of people on waiting list at 31 May 2006
    Royal Darwin Hospital
    1438
    Alice Springs Hospital
    1225
    Gove District Hospital
    241
    Katherine Hospital
    273
    Tennant Creek Hospital
    100
    Total
    3277





    3. The number of people on elective surgery waiting lists for Territory hospitals by category of elective surgery is as follows:

    Elective: Urgent Elective: Semi-Urgent Elective: Non-Urgent
    Total
    Royal Darwin Hospital
    174
    462
    802
    1438
    Alice Springs Hospital
    115
    560
    550
    1225
    Gove District Hospital
    10
    88
    143
    241
    Katherine Hospital
    10
    60
    203
    273
    Tennant Creek Hospital
    3
    36
    61
    100
    Total
    312
    1206
    1759
    3277

    4. What is the longest waiting period for elective surgery, and how many persons are involved, by each Territory hospital?
        The standard measure for measuring “long waits” on elective surgery waiting lists is to count the number of patients currently on the list who have waited more than 365 days. As at 31 May 2006, the following numbers of patients who were waiting greater than 365 days was as follows:

        HospitalNo. of people on waiting list greater than 365 days at 31 May 2006
        Royal Darwin Hospital
        297
        Alice Springs Hospital
        748
        Gove District Hospital
        54
        Katherine Hospital
        69
        Tennant Creek Hospital
        68
        Total
        1236

    5. How many persons have died while waiting for an elective surgery medical procedure, by calendar year and for each Territory hospital?
        Departmental information systems are not able to capture the full extent of this information. Any data provided here would be incomplete and could be open to misinterpretation.
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