'Crippling wait' for elective surgery

Patients at Wagga Wagga hospital are enduring ‘crippling’ wait times for urgent elective surgery, some of which are up to 129 days longer than similar hospitals according to a Daily Advertiser report.

The Daily Advertiser reported in the first three months of 2017, the average waiting period for surgery was 15 days which was two days longer than in the same time period last year.

Urgent elective surgery is defined as being for conditions that have the “potential to deteriorate quickly and become an emergency”.

According to the Bureau of Health Information, Riverina residents, including those from Young are having to wait for extensively long periods for a wide variety of procedures.

Among those include a 234 day wait for inguinal hernia surgery which is slated as being 129 days longer than similar hospitals, and 342 days for ear, nose and throat surgery resulting in 95 days longer than other facilities for patients.

This government lavishes billions on Sydney road blowouts while waiting times for urgent elective surgery blowout.

Vanessa Keenan

“This government lavishes billions on Sydney road blowouts while waiting times for urgent elective surgery blowout,” Wagga Labour’s Vanessa Keenan said.

AGONISING WAIT: Patients at Wagga Wagga Hospital are having to wait longer for urgent elective surgery than counterparts at other facilities. Photo: Daily Advertiser

AGONISING WAIT: Patients at Wagga Wagga Hospital are having to wait longer for urgent elective surgery than counterparts at other facilities. Photo: Daily Advertiser