A new direction has been issued outlining the types of surgical treatment that can be performed in South Australia.
The Direction stipulates that the only surgical treatment that may be performed in the state of South Australia is
- emergency surgery and procedures performed for conditions where failure to do so expediently and safely will lead to loss of life, loss of limb or permanent disability
- non-emergency but urgent surgery and procedures performed for conditions where failure to do so in a clinically appropriate timeframe (within 30 days) will lead to a predictable and evidence based outcome as follows:
- loss of life where surgery or a procedure would otherwise have prevented this
- permanent disability where surgery or a procedure would otherwise have prevented this
- where clinical evidence supports an increased risk of a loss of life or permanent disability, provided that no alternative, non-surgical or procedural intervention exists.
Example procedures that may still be carried out include endoscopies, bronchoscopies, interventional radiology and cardiology.
In the first instance patients should contact their GP or treating clinician for further information.