Public and private hospitals in regional areas will continue with elective surgery, however a suspension on all non-urgent Category 2 elective surgery will come into force in Melbourne’s metro regions and the Mitchell Shire.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Tuesday announced the 16 July restriction on Category 3 elective surgery is being extended to non-urgent Category 2 procedures in response to demand on public and private hospitals as a result of Coronavirus.

The extended restrictions are expected to help ease the burden on Victorian aged-care facilities, which are dealing with more than 764 active cases of the virus.

“We’re continuing to see high case numbers – particularly in our vulnerable elderly residents – and we need to ensure we have the beds and staff available if we need to transfer them out of aged care settings,” Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said.

There will be no changes to elective surgery in regional Victoria, but regional cases will continue to be monitored to ensure those hospitals have the resources and capacity they need to manage any increase in presentations.

Wherever possible, surgeries that have already been booked will proceed – but for the time being, only new Category 1 and the most urgent Category 2 surgeries will be booked in Melbourne metro areas. IVF treatments such as egg retrievals will be able to continue given the time critical nature of these procedures and minimal impact on hospital capacity.

You can read more on the Victorian Premier’s website, or if you’re looking for more information on how this impacts you, contact Latrobe Health on 1300 362 144 or info@lhs.com.au.