Waiting list

Every public hospital will have a waiting list for elective surgery.  Some hospitals will have a longer waiting list, others shorter depending on how busy a hospital is.

Q: I’ve been waiting too long for my operation in the public hospital, what can I do?

You can ring up the booking office of the hospital to find out when your operation is likely to be.  Public hospitals have a triage system to ensure urgent operations are performed first.  If you know a hospital that has a shorter waiting list and are happy to travel there, you can opt to be seen at that hospital.  You will need to go through the referral process.