Some elective surgeries are being suspended on the Gold Coast as the latest COVID-19 wave continues to put pressure on our already struggling health system.
Gold Coast University Hospital has now moved to Tier Three Status, which will see the postponement of some lower category surgeries.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath confirmed the move at a press conference on the Gold Coast on Thursday.
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“I saw an update from Gold Coast University Hospital come in overnight, saying they are moving to Tier Three, so this will mean that they will probably suspend some of the lower category planned care,” Ms Dath said.
But the Health Minister has ruled out a state-wide suspension of elective surgery for now.
“It’s at this stage being dealt with at a lower level by hospital and health services and individual hospitals,” she said.
“They’re making those decisions based on the number of staff they have available and also the number of patients they have”.
Robina Hospital is also understood to have suspended some non-urgent elective surgeries.
While Metro North, including Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and The Prince Charles Hospital, have announced they’ve cancelled all elective surgeries for the time being.
The decision has been made to help ensure the system has sufficient capacity to deal with the expected peak of COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks, with a spike in influenza cases also causing havoc.
There’s currently 700 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the state, but the State’s top doctor predicts that could rise to 1000 when we hit the peak in late July.
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