Department of Health

Final steps to the gradual resumption of all elective surgery announced

17/02/22
female doctor wearing gown, cap, mask, and protective eyewear and looking at camera prior to start of surgery

Elective surgery capacity was able to increase in Victoria from Monday 21 February as part of that plan:

  • Public hospitals in metro Melbourne could resume Category 2 surgeries. 
  • Public hospitals in regional Victoria could resume full elective surgery activity, subject to resource capacity 
  • Private hospitals in metro Melbourne could resume up to 75 per cent of all elective surgery activity, as long as they had capacity to support public hospitals respond to COVID-19 
  • Private hospitals in regional Victoria could resume full elective surgery activity.

Individual hospitals will assess their own capacity to resume elective surgery based on staff availability and COVID-19 demands.

The Minister for Health, Martin Foley, will consider further changes to allow for the resumption of all surgery across public and private hospitals from 28 February, subject to health care system capacity. The focus will be on treating Category 1 and Category 2 patients within clinically recommended timelines.

“With hospitalisations steadily declining and staff availability improving, we’re in a strong position to remove the remaining restrictions and ensure delayed appointments can be rescheduled as quickly as possible,” Minister Foley said.

Read the media release.

Reviewed 17 February 2022

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