Weekend Waiting List Initiative2018-02-06T14:37:30+00:00

Project Description

Weekend Waiting List Initiative 

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Background to the Weekend Waiting List Initiative.

The Weekend Waiting List Initiative has been running as an annual project since 2011. The Initiative was established to address the protracted waiting list by adding an additional day of surgeries (Saturday) to the hospital’s operating schedule. By reducing the large volumes of relatively minor cases, more scope and flexibility is provided for more complex cases to be attended to during the week. The seventh annual Weekend Waiting List Initiative at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital came to a successful end on Saturday, 9 December 2017, after running for 24 weeks from 1 July 2017. The 2017 initiative included surgeries on two Saturdays at the Maitland Cottage Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital, which forms part of the Red Cross Hospital.

The 2017 Weekend Waiting List initiative assisted 146 patients whose appointment dates for surgery was initially scheduled for later dates due to emergency and more life threatening surgeries taking preference. The following surgeries took place on Saturdays as part of the Weekend Waiting List Initiative for 2017:

  • 37 x General Paediatric Surgery – Minor operations such as hernia operations or removal of cysts, usually non-life threatening

  • 13 x Orthopaedic Surgery – Surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system

  • 24 x Paediatric Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgery – A wide range of surgeries of the head and neck, including the ear, nose and throat regions

  • 13 x Plastic Surgery – Reconstructive surgery which includes craniofacial surgery, hand surgery, microsurgery, and the treatment of burns.

  • 16 x Urology Surgery – Operations to correct congenital abnormalities of the penis, circumcisions, operations to move undescended testicles into the scrotum, hernia repairs, cystsopcy (looking in to the bladder) with various added procedures for children with urinary tract infections.

  • 43 x *Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI scans) – An MRI can take an hour to do and it is imperative that the patient lies still during this investigation as any movement interferes with the clarity of the images obtained. For young children, they often need to be sedated as they are not able to lie still for long periods of time. This has recently resulted in a longer waiting list for planned MRI’s – emergency MRI scans are usually done immediately.

Impact of Weekend Waiting List Initiative. 805 Patients treated since 2011 up to 2017

  • 2011 Duration: 22 Oct – 10 Dec (8 Weeks) Disciplines: ENT and General Paediatric Surgery Number of patients treated: 54

  • 2012 Duration: 1 Sept – 24 Nov (12 Weeks) Disciplines: ENT, General Paediatric and Plastic Surgery Number of patients treated: 87

  • 2013 Duration: 7 Sept – 26 Oct (8 Weeks) Disciplines: ENT and General Paediatric Surgery Number of patients treated: 79

  • 2014 Duration: 5 Jul – 29 Nov (20 Weeks) Disciplines: General Paediatric Surgery, ENT and MRI Number of patients treated: 155

  • 2015 Duration: 4 Jul – 21 Nov (21 Weeks) Disciplines: General Paediatric Surgery, ENT, MRI and Orthopaedic Surgery Number of patients treated: 152

  • 2016 Duration: 2 Jul – 10 Dec (24 Weeks) Disciplines: General Paediatric Surgery, ENT, MRI and Orthopaedic Surgery Number of patients treated: 132

  • 2017 Duration: 1 Jul – 9 Dec (24 Weeks) Disciplines: General Paediatric Surgery, ENT, MRI, Orthopaedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Urology Number of patients treated: 146

For more information on this project please contact Chantel Cooper.

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Weekend Waiting List Initiative 

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Between 40 and 50 cases of child abuse are referred to the Social Work department at Red Cross Children’s Hospital every month.

The Weekend Waiting List Initiative has been running as an annual project since 2011. The Initiative was established to address the protracted waiting list by adding an additional day of surgeries (Saturday) to the hospital’s operating schedule. By reducing the large volumes of relatively minor cases, more scope and flexibility is provided for more complex cases to be attended to during the week. The seventh annual Weekend Waiting List Initiative at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital came to a successful end on Saturday, 9 December 2017, after running for 24 weeks from 1 July 2017. The 2017 initiative included surgeries on two Saturdays at the Maitland Cottage Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital, which forms part of the Red Cross Hospital.

The 2017 Weekend Waiting List initiative assisted 146 patients whose appointment dates for surgery was initially scheduled for later dates due to emergency and more life threatening surgeries taking preference.

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The Weekend Waiting List Initiative has been running as an annual project since 2011. The Initiative was established to address the protracted waiting list by adding an additional day of surgeries (Saturday) to the hospital’s operating schedule. By reducing the large volumes of relatively minor cases, more scope and flexibility is provided for more complex cases to be attended to during the week. The seventh annual Weekend Waiting List Initiative at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital came to a successful end on Saturday, 9 December 2017, after running for 24 weeks from 1 July 2017. The 2017 initiative included surgeries on two Saturdays at the Maitland Cottage Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital, which forms part of the Red Cross Hospital.

The 2017 Weekend Waiting List initiative assisted 146 patients whose appointment dates for surgery was initially scheduled for later dates due to emergency and more life threatening surgeries taking preference.

For more information on this project please contact Chantel Cooper.

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