Prince of Wales Private Hospital to resume some elective surgeries

22 April 2020


Following Tuesday’s Federal Government announcement, Prince of Wales Private Hospital will resume approved elective surgery procedures from Monday, 27 April in a controlled and safe manner, working closely with treating physicians.

This announcement means more patients can now have important surgeries to enhance their quality of life, while also helping avoid a backlog of surgical procedures in later months.

General Manager of the Hospital, Robert Cusack, said as elective surgery volumes increase, the safety of patients, staff and doctors will remain paramount.

“Since the COVID-19 outbreak, we have initiated a range of additional safety precautions in our Hospital,” he said, “including social distancing protocols, restricted visitor access, and staff training to prepare for COVID-19.

“We are also conducting pre-admission screening checks for all patients, as well as precautionary temperature checks for staff and visitors.

“We are confident that our hospitals have sufficient stocks of PPE to ensure the approved surgeries can be safely performed in line with appropriate health protocols.”

While the industry continues to carefully manage global supply chain constraints, Healthscope hospitals are now receiving new deliveries of PPE weekly and shipments of PPE from international suppliers are starting to arrive in the country.

Prince of Wales Private Hospital will begin liaising with treating surgeons and patients to begin booking in appropriate surgeries.

What elective surgery can now be performed?

National Cabinet agreed that the following procedures can recommence from 27 April 2020:

  • IVF
  • Screening programs (cancer and other diseases)
  • Post cancer reconstruction procedures (such as breast reconstruction)
  • Procedures for children under 18 years of age.
  • Joint replacements (incl knees, hips, shoulders)
  • Cataracts and eye procedures
  • Endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures

Prince of Wales Private Hospital looks forward to working closely with patients, GPs and surgeons to safely transition to this next stage.


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