Important information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Temporary suspension of non-urgent surgery

The Prime Minister has announced the suspension of non-urgent Category 2 and Category 3 elective surgeries at all Australian public and private hospitals due to the unfolding coronavirus situation. Other services will continue, including urgent surgery and medical services.

These changes take effect from 11.59pm on Friday, 27 March 2020.

Every patient waiting for elective surgery is assessed by their treating medical professional as Category 1, 2 or 3 as per the following definitions:

  • Category 1 – Needing treatment within 30 days. Has the potential to deteriorate quickly to the point where the patient’s situation may become an emergency.
  • Category 2 – Needing treatment within 90 days. Their condition causes pain, dysfunction or disability. Unlikely to deteriorate quickly and unlikely to become an emergency.
  • Category 3 – Needing treatment at some point in the next year. Their condition causes pain, dysfunction or disability. Unlikely to deteriorate quickly.

 

Decisions on the category of patients are at the discretion of the treating medical professional. If you are a patient, please liaise with your doctor as soon as possible regarding this announcement to find out whether it changes your booked surgery.

Important information for patients and visitors

FOR PATIENTS:

Waratah Private Hospital is taking measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spreading and as a result has introduced a screening process for patients coming to the hospital for day surgery, an inpatient admission or day rehabiliation.

Please do not come to the Hospital if you have:

  • Returned from overseas in the last 14 days;
  • Been in close contact with someone confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19; or
  • Have any cold or flu symptoms (for example a cough, fever or sore throat)

Please call staff on 9598 0011 as soon as you can and let us know. We will work with you on the next step.

 

FOR VISITORS:

Waratah Private Hospital is taking measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spreading and as a result has introduced changes to our policy covering visits to our hospital.

We ask that patients are only visited by: their partner, carer, guardian or nominated significant other and that they have only one visitor, for one hour, once a day.

In accordance with current advice, visitors must not enter any hospital or facility if:

  • they have a fever or a cold and flu-like illness or
  • they have been overseas in the last 14 days or
  • they have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the last 14 days

For the latest information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) see the NSW Health website: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

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