Further to the Federal government’s announcement, Epworth is pleased to confirm a staged return of elective surgery in Victoria from Monday, 27 April 2020. Please read below. For more information contact our GP Liaison Unit.
What procedures can now be undertaken?
In addition to urgent activity currently underway, Epworth medical specialists may also now undertake additional cases (dependent on capacity and clinical priority) in the areas listed below.
Note: Due to limited availability, the principle of assessing each case based on clinical priority will continue, to ensure patients with the most urgent requirements are prioritised.
- screening programs (cancer and other diseases)
- post cancer reconstruction procedures (such as breast reconstruction)
- procedures for children under 18 years of age
- joint replacements (including knees, hips, shoulders)
- cataracts and eye procedures
- endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures
Where capacity allows, the DHHS will also permit:
- procedures that represent low risk, high value care as determined by specialist societies
- the selection of patients who are at low risk of post-operative deterioration
- critical dental procedures
Cosmetic or other procedures not addressing significant medical conditions cannot be undertaken.
We encourage GPs to contact specialists’ rooms directly for more specific information.
To ensure the safety of patients, doctors and staff, screening processes for patients will continue, including pre-admission screening, and again, on presentation to hospital. Please see our screening requirements so you can inform your patients of the screening questions.
Other useful links
- Epworth Pathology – refer to Melboure Pathology’s coronavirus webpage. There is also a telehealth page for clinicians needing electronic referrals for pathology.
- Epworth Medical Imaging
- Victorian Department of Health and Human Services web page 'For health services and general practitioners - coronavirus disease (COVID-19)'
- RACGPs 'Coronavirus information for GPs'