Hospitals in regional Victoria can now begin ramping up their elective surgeries again, with metropolitan Melbourne soon to follow. But six months of partial shutdown has left a significant backlog.
Expect fewer visits to the clinic, fewer people in the waiting room at once, and temperature checks.
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If you're scheduled for surgery in a private hospital, the hospital or surgeon will contact you. Public hospital patients shouldn't expect to hear from the hospital until we hear more from the states.
The COVID-19 pandemic gives us a chance to improve our elective surgery system when it restarts.
Restrictions are to be eased on elective surgery, enabling a “gradual restart” to procedures next week.
Last month, Australia announced a pause on all elective surgeries. This could have mixed effects now and in the longer term.
Reports often talk about surgery wait times, but the time to actually see the specialist for the first time is the hidden waitlist.
There's often limited evidence for many common types of surgery. Understanding what makes good evidence is the key to deciding what's best for you.
Waiting for emergency care, specialist appointments and "elective" procedures is not only inconvenient and frustrating, it can also be painful and detrimental to your health and well-being.
If you present to a hospital on the weekend, you have a higher chance of dying than if you present during the week. This is known as the "weekend effect".