15/05/2020 - 16:35

WA to resume half of all elective surgeries

15/05/2020 - 16:35

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The state government has said it will allow public and private hospitals to increase elective surgeries to 50 per cent of normal activity as of Monday, following new guidelines set today by the national cabinet.

WA to resume half of all elective surgeries
Mark McGowan (right) and Roger Cook have said the aim is to resume all elective surgery as soon as is safe and practical. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

The state government has said it will allow public and private hospitals to increase elective surgeries to 50 per cent of normal activity as of Monday, following new guidelines set today by the national cabinet.

According to the state government’s announcement, elective surgery will recommence for all categories of elective surgeries, with a focus on those who need treatment within 90 days.

Prior to now, elective surgery that needed performing within one year was not allowed in Western Australia.

All surgeries will be monitored over the next two weeks prior to a decision to increase surgery to 75 per cent of normal activity, with a return to full activity dependent on the appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Premier Mark McGowan said that the resumption of half the state’s planned elective surgeries was testament to WA’s response to COVID-19 so far.

“While these disruptions have been an inconvenience to many Western Australians, by pausing the range of business as usual activities, we’ve all played a role in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and this will help steer us towards a sustained recovery,” Mr McGowan said.

Health Minister Roger Cook said elective surgeries will be reviewed after two weeks, with further resumption dependent on PPE use and the state’s preparedness to fight further COVID-19 outbreaks.

“I know it’s been difficult for many people, who have had their surgeries cancelled or postponed,” said Mr Cook.

“Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unique period.

“We are reinstating surgery across all categories, with a focus on urgent cases and patients who have had long waits.

“The ultimate aim here is to get back to 100 per cent, which we will do, as soon as it is safe and practical, under advice from the WA Health Department.”

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