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Table 1 Hospital waiting list categories

From: Evaluating the outcomes of a podiatry-led assessment service in a public hospital orthopaedic unit

Category Description Recommended admission time
1 Patient has a condition that has potential to deteriorate rapidly to the point it may become an emergency Within 30 days
2 Patient has a condition that is causing some pain, dysfunction or disability, but is unlikely to deteriorate quickly or become an emergency Within 90 days
3 Patient has a condition that is causing minimal or no pain, dysfunction or disability, which is also unlikely to deteriorate quickly or has no potential to become an emergency Within 365 days