COVID-19: GV Health follows government direction to conduct Category 1 surgeries
Published at: 26 Mar 2020
Goulburn Valley Health has cancelled elective surgery as governments enforce further preparatory measures for a widespread coronavirus outbreak.
“GV Health will be communicating with patients that had planned elective surgery cases scheduled in coming days regarding their surgery and the change in arrangements,” Mr Sharp said.
“In addition, all patients on GV Health’s elective surgery waiting list will receive communication from GV Health in coming days.
“This will include avenues where patients can seek further support and care until elective surgery resumes.
“I acknowledge the suspension of elective surgery will mean some patients may have to live with longer periods of symptoms and pain related to the surgery they require.
“I regret this is the case and am sorry that people may experience such discomfort for longer.
“However, GV Health’s priority at present is to establish capacity in our wards to care and treat people with COVID-19.”
Mr Sharp also said GV Health had received a request from the Department of Health and Human Services to "undertake random sample pathology testing" for COVID-19, and said this was being progressed.
He said the hospital was in regular contact with the department regarding the supply of COVID-19 pathology testing kits and other products to support patients presenting with COVID-19 symptoms.
The State Government announced yesterday all public hospitals must wind back non-urgent, category three elective surgery by midnight today, following a similar announcement from the Federal Government.
Emergency surgery, and category one elective surgery — including urgent heart, neurological and cancer procedures — will go ahead.
Category two surgery, necessary within 90 days, will only happen if delays pose a serious risk to the health of the patient.