Elective surgery to start up again
7th May 2020
I know many people will be pleased to hear that elective surgery is being restarted at local hospitals and surgeries. Cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic, elective surgeries are being reintroduced on a staged basis with some category two and three surgeries coming back online first.
The full statement from Hunter Health here:
"Over the past couple of months, and in line with the Federal Government’s decision to halt elective surgeries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our patients had their surgeries postponed.
We would like to thank those affected by these measures for their patience and understanding, we know it hasn’t been easy.
We are pleased to share that Hunter New England Health has begun to increase the availability of elective surgery in a safe and equitable way.
We are taking a cautious approach to achieve this, without reducing COVID-19 preparedness, through the staged reintroduction of some category two and category three elective surgery procedures. These include endoscopic procedures, critical dental procedures, cancer screening programs, and procedures for children with urgent conditions or longer wait times.
Elective surgery is being reintroduced gradually to balance the needs of our patients, and the safety of our staff and the greater community. A staged reintroduction will ensure that adequate equipment, supplies and treatment spaces remain available for all patients, including those requiring COVID-19 treatment if required.
If you are a patient awaiting surgery, you will be contacted directly when we are able to offer you a new date for surgery.
Thank you for your patience while we work through this process. If you have any concerns about your condition, we encourage you to speak to your general practitioner or specialist to have your condition reassessed."