I am excited to inform you that, after meeting with relevant governing bodies (private hospitals, professional colleges and the government itself), it has been agreed that surgeons can commence a slow and careful resumption of elective surgery.
There are a number of my patients awaiting surgery, and I appreciate the anxiety and frustration caused by this delay. Obviously, the government’s decision to cease elective surgery has been made for the greater good during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For patients who are awaiting surgery, it means that I can now start organising your surgery in the near future. Procedures that are considered to provide the greatest benefit with the lowest risk can occur.
There are still significant restrictions in place, both in terms of the type of surgery performed and the amount out of surgery performed. All involved parties have affirmed that currently a surgeon can only perform 25% of their usual workload. It is hoped that this will increase over the coming months.
To put it simply, we are essentially ‘dipping out toe in the water’, to see how the health system and the population respond to it. If there is a sharp spike in new COVID-19 cases, there is a high likelihood that surgery will be shut down again.