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Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames

WA Health Sets New Surgery Records in August

Victor P Taffa

Western Australian Hospitals have hit a new Elective Surgery Record with more procedures carried out in August than in any month.

Almost 7,400 people had operations at WA’s Metropolitan and Country Public Hospitals.

Health Minister Kim Hames said that almost 90 % of these patients had their surgery within the clinically desirable time almost the best result in at least four years.

“WA Health has achieved a string of excellent Elective Surgery Results in August.” Dr. Hames said.

“What the August results show is that we are meeting growing Elective Surgery demand by doing more operations than ever before and making sure our patients get their treatment in a timely fashion.”

“We are ensuring we improve the proportion of patients who get their operation within the clinically recommended time, and these results show great progress on that front.” Dr. Hames said.

The Minister was speaking following the release of the ‘Western Australian Elective Surgery Wait List Report August 2010’.

The report details Elective Surgery activity in August and provides historical data back to July 2006, when the current reporting system began. It shows:

  • Metropolitan Hospitals did more Surgery than ever before in August treating more than 5,900 Patients;
  • Metropolitan Hospitals achieved their highest recorded proportion of Patients seen within the clinically desirable time, at almost 89%;
  • Almost 90 % of Patients on Metropolitan wait lists in August had not been waiting longer than clinically desirable the best result on record;
  • More than 95 % of Patients on wait lists for Country Hospitals had not waited longer than clinically desirable.

 Dr Hames said that improving Elective Surgery Performance was a major focus for the State Government.

 “We remain committed to ensuring that West Australians get the Surgery they need when they need it.”

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