Queensland’s biggest hospitals have postponed non-urgent surgeries as the Australian state faces a third COVID-19 wave.
In a statement, Metro North Health, Australia’s largest public health service, said it had postponed non-urgent surgeries to ensure aid for emergency patients.
Metro North Health said it would reschedule the postponed surgeries.
“All planned care is being reviewed to ensure decisions are based on clinical need and those patients who require urgent care can be seen,” Metro North Health noted.
Dr. Chris Perry, a Brisbane surgeon, said the postponed surgeries are still necessary “but don’t need to be done tomorrow or next month.”
Metro North Health said it is currently caring for hundreds of COVID-19 patients. It also noted that many of its hospital staff have been unwell.
Other hospitals postponing non-urgent surgeries include Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, the Princess Alexandra hospital in south Brisbane, and the Gold Coast University Hospital.
Queensland recorded another 17 COVID-19 deaths on Thursday. The state has at least at least 39,800 active COVID-19.
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