Wait for surgery lower on the Gold Coast

GOOD news for Gold Coast Hospital patients, with elective surgery wait times being released on Monday.

Latest figures reveal that we will not have to wait longer than clinically recommended by 31 December.

Performance data for the September quarter shows significant improvement across all categories for elective surgery patients treated within the clinically recommended times – 30 days for urgent surgery, 90 days for semi-urgent surgery and 365 days for non-urgent surgery.


Gold Coast Health Board Chair, Ian Langdon said the health service was on track to
deliver its commitment of zero patients waiting longer than clinically recommended by 31 December.

“Since the March 2012 quarter, the number of Category 1 patients waiting longer than clinically recommended has decreased with patients now seen on time going from 89 per cent to 97 per cent,” Mr Langdon said.

“There are currently only five Category 1 patients waiting longer for surgery compared to 41 in February this year which shows how hard we’ve been working to fix this issue.

“This improvement on our service delivery to the most critical of patients is testament to our hard working staff.

“I’m proud of where we have come as a health service and where we are headed which is that no patient will wait longer than is recommended to receive treatment.”

Premier Campbell Newman has indicated that he would like Queensland to become the first Australian state to reduce long-wait surgery patients to zero by the end of this year.

He has told media that the elective surgery long-wait list is 92 per cent lower than it was at the 2012 state election.