Elective surgery to recommence

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a number of essential changes across our hospitals, including the government mandated need to reduce elective surgery. On Tuesday 21 April, the Prime Minister announced that some elective surgery restrictions would be lifted across Australian hospitals, and we are now working to gradually reinstate elective surgery in a way that is considered safe, and in the best interests of patients, families and staff.

What procedures will recommence and when?

All hospitals have been asked to reinstate category 2 and some important category 3 elective surgeries. A select number of these elective surgeries will recommence at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead from Monday, 27 April 2020. Surgeries will be prioritised based on urgency, and reintroduced in a staged manner to ensure that care is delivered safely, without compromising our ability to treat COVID-19 patients.

The government will be reviewing these arrangements by 11 May 2020, to determine if other elective surgeries and procedures can recommence and volumes increased.

When will I find out if my child’s surgery will take place?

We understand that many families are anxious to have their child’s surgery take place. We have begun making contact with families whose children require the most urgent surgery, to advise them of their new surgery date. Contact will continue to be made over coming weeks with Category 2 and 3 patients and their families, to discuss their child’s elective surgery plans. Any child needing urgent, life saving surgery (Category 1), will not have to wait. If you are unsure as to what classification your child’s surgery is, or feel that your child needs urgent surgery, please contact us via the switchboard.

If you are concerned about your child’s health, please contact your local GP or call healthdirect on 1800 022 222. If your child is experiencing a medical emergency, please visit your local Emergency Department or call 000.