Elective surgery to scale up at West Gippsland Hospital

Category: Project Updates
Thursday 17 September 2020
WGHG has welcomed the Victorian Government announcement of a staged resumption of elective surgeries across regional public and private hospitals.

WGHG Chief Executive Officer, Dan Weeks, said the health service was currently working with surgeons, anaesthetists and patients on the waiting list to increase activity.

“The announcement gives the green light to increase capacity to 85% by September 28 and we will be ready to resume full-scale work once given permission to do so.”

“This is good news for patients needing non-urgent elective procedures to improve their quality of life.

Procedures resuming cover all specialities including orthopedics, urology, ear nose & throat, gynaecology and urology.

Last month all non-urgent procedures were suspended at regional hospitals to meet the demands of the Coronavirus pandemic. This followed previous restrictions on elective surgery during April.

“Having also missed nearly four months of surgery in 2019 due to the theatre closures, the surgical team are keen to get back to serving our community,” Dan Weeks said.

WGHG will contact patients who are on the elective surgical list and advise when their surgery is to be re-scheduled.

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