The Prime Minister announced on Wednesday, March 25, that, as a response to the spread of the Coronavirus, all non-urgent elective surgery (Category 3) will be temporarily suspended in all public and private hospitals.
The suspension took effect from midnight on March 25. So, any non-urgent elective surgeries scheduled for Thursday March 26, or beyond will not proceed at the moment.
Only urgent surgeries (classified as Category 1 and some exceptional Category 2) will continue until further notice.
We understand the concern this may cause for those of you scheduled to have non-urgent elective surgery at BRHS in the near future.
If your procedure has been postponed, we will contact you.
If you do not hear from us, assume your procedure is going ahead.
If you have questions or concerns, get in touch with us by calling the Elective Surgery Booking Office at 5150 3662.
What do I do if my condition deteriorates?
Please contact your GP or referring doctor if there are any changes in your condition, if you’d like advice about pain management or you are requiring other support during this time.
From the Office of the Minister for Health, Jenny Mikakos
While hospital admissions for Coronavirus patients remain low, they are rising daily, and when peak demand from the pandemic hits Victoria’s hospitals will be seriously tested.
The Victorian Government is working with public and private hospitals on a system-wide response including how to preserve critical resources for when they will need them most – that means beds, staff and supplies – not just to care for coronavirus patients but to keep looking after all Victorians in need of emergency and urgent care.
From midnight, no further category three elective surgeries will take place until further notice, while category two surgeries will only happen if delays would pose a serious risk to the health of the patient.
This is consistent with a decision of the National Cabinet acting on advice from the AHPPC that until further notice all elective surgery, other than urgent cases, will be suspended. This will apply to both public and private hospitals.
This will not affect emergency surgery, or category one elective surgeries including those booked in as part of our elective surgery blitz – which are considered the most urgent including urgent heart, neurological and cancer procedures.
As the pandemic progresses the Department of Health and Human Services will actively plan for these services to recommence, including surge capacity to reduce waitlists, when it is safe to do so.
Anticipating that the Coronavirus outbreak would cause disruption to elective surgeries, the Surgical Services team at Bairnsdale Regional Health Service has already been working to postpone non-urgent procedures, and bring forward urgent ones.
As a health service, we are connected to all the developments impacting our community and health services at the moment, and working closely with state and federal agencies to respond to this crisis.
If you have a non-urgent elective surgery booked with us, you do not need to call us at this time.
However, if you have questions or concerns, get in touch with us by calling the Elective Surgery Booking Office at 5150 3662.
(Please be mindful that our reception staff may receive a high volume of calls at this exceptional time. If you have a hard time getting through, hang up and try again later.)
We’ll continue to provide updates as they come to hand.