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AustraliaMelbourne hospital cancels hundreds of surgeries following equipment issue

13:27  11 september  2019
13:27  11 september  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

Equipment breakdown forces cancellation of hundreds of operations at leading hospital

Equipment breakdown forces cancellation of hundreds of operations at leading hospital In the wake of an equipment failure that's forced the cancellation of hundreds of operations at a major Melbourne public hospital, the Victorian Government is paying for some patients to have their surgeries performed at private hospitals instead. Austin Hospital in Melbourne's north-east cancelled almost 300 elective surgeries after five of its seven surgical instrument washers stopped working. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

Melbourne 's Austin Hospital has been forced to cancel 150 elective surgeries after a number of their medical washers broke down. In a statement, the hospital said it had realised there were issues with their medical washers last week, prompting them to cancel surgeries planned for Friday

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A major Melbourne hospital is tonight in crisis after it was forced to abandon more than 500 operations due to equipment failure.

The Austin Hospital in Melbourne's north-east has left patients in the lurch after it cancelled hundreds of elective surgeries after a rubber seal disintegrated on a machine used to wash surgical equipment.

Among those affected is John Griffiths, 76, a cancer patient who desperately needs a life-threatening tumour removed from his jaw. But yesterday Mr Griffiths was informed his surgery at the Austin Hospital had been abruptly cancelled.

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Melbourne hospital cancels hundreds of surgeries following equipment issue© 9News Cancer patient John Griffiths desperately needs a life-threatening tumour removed from his jaw.

"I'll keep fighting I've got me wife, I've got Sheree [his daughter] and the two boys," Mr Griffiths said.

Sharee was told by hospital staff that all twenty operating theatres were out of action.

Leader of the opposition Michael O'Brien laid into the Andrews government saying the situation was "third world country stuff".

"To think that people are having surgery performed on them with unclean implements is just outrageous," Mr O'Brien said.

The Health Minister Jenny Mikakos says the cause is being investigated after the fault was discovered last week.

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Essential and emergency surgery has continued.

"What has happened at the Austin in recent days just isn't good enough," the minister said.

A spokesperson for the hospital told 9News there was extremely low risk that any patient is likely to develop an adverse reaction such as an allergy or infection.

In a statement released by The Austin, the hospital said; "We sincerely apologise to patients and their families for any inconvenience caused. We've been undertaking rigorous inspections of instruments prior to conducting any surgery."

While John has since had his surgery rescheduled at another hospital his family is demanding an apology labelling his treatment as "frustrating disgusting and disappointing".

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