Definitions

Clinical urgency categories - The definitions of the urgency categories are based on the timeframe in which the procedure is clinically indicated as judged by your surgeon.

  • Category 1 - Procedures that are clinically indicated within 30 days.
  • Category 2 - Procedures that are clinically indicated within 90 days.
  • Category 3 - Procedures that are clinically indicated within 365 days.

Only your surgeon can determine which category you fit into based on your clinical need. If you're concerned about the category that you have been assigned, you should see your GP to discuss your options.

Elective surgery is defined as surgery for patients whose clinical condition requires a procedure that can be managed by placement on a waiting list.

Emergency patients are those whose clinical conditions indicate that they require admission to hospital within 24 hours (presently under review).

Median Waiting Times - the waiting time in days that lies in the middle of a group of waiting times arranged from lowest to highest.

Specialists are doctors who have extra qualifications in one or more clinical areas of practice. Some examples of specialists are gynaecologists, ophthalmologists and neurosurgeons.

Specialty is the term used to describe the particular field of medicine in which a specialist doctor practices eg. gynaecology, ophthalmology and neurosurgery.

Waiting time is the amount of time (reported in days, weeks or months) that a patient has waited for admission to hospital. It is measured from the day the hospital received the "Request for Admission" form for the patient until the patient is admitted for surgery.

Contact us

If you're waiting for surgery at either the Canberra Hospital or Calvary Public Hospital and are concerned about your waiting time, call Surgery Access on (02) 6205 1122.