Spike in elective surgeries on the Fraser Coast

MONTHLY elective surgeries at Fraser Coast hospitals spiked to 200 in April, almost 40 more than the previous month, new figures reveal.

Maryborough Base Hospital performed 85 elective surgeries in April, while Hervey Bay Hospital performed 115.

Both hospitals performed 164 elective surgeries in March.

A Wide Bay Hospital and Health representative said it was the first time since November, 2011 the two hospitals had been able to complete 200 surgeries.

The representative said management pointed to better use of theatres and improved liaison with patients as key factors behind the increase.

WBHHS South chief operating officer Phillipa Blakey said there were more improvements expected over the next few months as the WBHHS works on its internal practices.

At the end of April, there were still 290 people waiting for elective surgery in Maryborough, with 38 of those classed as category 1.

In Hervey Bay, there were still 417 people waiting for an elective surgery.

Across both hospitals, 53 people were left waiting longer than the recommended time.

General surgery has the highest waiting list, with 330 people on the list at the beginning of this month.



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