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Australia Elective surgery in regional Victoria suspended as state frees up health system

07:17  05 august  2020
07:17  05 august  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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With several aged care homes overwhelmed by outbreaks, the State Government has announced a halt to the majority of elective surgeries , to free up more It means all non-urgent category two elective surgery across public and private hospitals in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will be suspended

Cities like Mildura in regional Victoria rely on doctors and specialists to come across the South Australian border for elective surgeries , but SA's quarantine rules don't make an exemption for them.

The vast majority of elective surgeries planned for residents of regional Victoria will be suspended as the state works to free up hospital beds for COVID-19 patients.

All but the most urgent category one and some category two surgeries will be put on hold indefinitely for the entire state.

Previously, the pause on elective surgeries applied only to those taking place within the Melbourne and Mitchell Shire local government areas.

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I can also announce today that elective surgery other than for category one patients and the most urgent of Category 2 patients, that clinical decisions and need will be determined by doctors and others, all surgery beyond category one and the most urgent category two in regional Victoria will be put on

Cities like Mildura in regional Victoria rely on doctors and specialists to come across the South Australian border for elective surgeries , but SA's quarantine rules don't make an exemption for them.

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a group of people sitting at a desk in front of a computer: All but the most critical of elective surgeries will be paused in Victoria. © AAP All but the most critical of elective surgeries will be paused in Victoria.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said pausing elective surgery was a "regrettable" but necessary move.

"We can't have a situation where we are making the sickest patients wait longer because we are treating wholly worthy and important conditions, but not necessarily time-critical conditions," Mr Andrews said.

"We can't put those ahead of people who need that urgent care. The sickest patients must get treated quickest.

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Daniel Andrews wearing sunglasses: Daniel Andrews announces Victoria's darkest day. © 9News Daniel Andrews announces Victoria's darkest day.

"That is always a principle that our public and indeed private hospitals work under."

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Cities like Mildura in regional Victoria rely on doctors and specialists to come across the South Australian border for elective surgeries , but SA's quarantine rules don't make an exemption for them.

I can also announce today that elective surgery other than for category one patients and the most urgent of Category 2 patients, that clinical decisions and need will be determined by doctors and others, all surgery beyond category one and the most urgent category two in regional Victoria will be put on

The pause applies to both private and public elective surgeries.

Overnight, the state recorded its darkest day of the COVID-19 pandemic, registering 15 additional deaths and 725 new cases overnight.

Victoria's death toll now stands at 162, and one of the virus' latest victims is a man in his 30s.

Of the 15 overnight deaths, 12 are linked to aged care.

"Can I send my heartfelt condolences and sympathies to each of those families," Premier Daniel Andrews said.

"This will be a terrible time and any and all support we can provide to you we will and we are with you in this very difficult time."

The spike in infections comes despite repeated reassurance from health experts that cases will decrease in coming weeks, as Victoria enters its first week of stage four lockdown.

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I can also announce today that elective surgery other than for category one patients and the most urgent of Category 2 patients, that clinical decisions and need will be determined by doctors and others, all surgery beyond category one and the most urgent category two in regional Victoria will be put on

I can also announce today that elective surgery other than for category one patients and the most urgent of Category 2 patients, that clinical decisions and need will be determined by doctors and others, all surgery beyond category one and the most urgent category two in regional Victoria will be put on

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