Elective Services Access and Management Policy

Applicable to: This Policy is applicable to all Health Service Providers that provide elective services, which are defined by this policy as ‘planned surgical and non-surgical procedures that can be booked in advance following a Specialist clinical assessment resulting in placement on the elective waiting list’. This includes elective services provided to patients that choose to be treated as private patients.

Description: The Elective Services Access and Management Policy has been developed to ensure clinically appropriate, consistent and equitable management of elective services patients and waiting lists in hospitals across Western Australia where public elective services are delivered. It sets out the mandatory requirements for Health Service Providers with respect to the delivery of patient-focused, evidence based elective services.

This Policy must be read in conjunction with the Elective Services Access Handbook, the Excluded Procedures Manual, WA Health Consent to Treatment Policy, MP 0164/21 Patient Activity Data Policy and MP 0111/19 Performance Management Policy.

This Policy is a mandatory requirement under the Clinical Services Planning and Programs Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(c) of the Health Services Act 2016.

This Policy supersedes MP 0050/17 Elective Surgery Access and Waiting List Management Policy and MP 0045/17 Urgency Categorisation and Access Policy for Public Direct Access Adult Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Services.

Date of effect: 30 September 2021

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