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Major Brisbane hospital cancels some surgeries, aims to address bed capacity

One of the state’s largest hospitals has cancelled non-urgent elective surgeries and will look to increase bed capacity and bring in additional staff to cope with “anticipated increased demand”.

The Royal Brisbane Hospital has cancelled non-urgent elective surgeries as a result of “anticipated increased demand” that was affecting bed capacity.

A spokeswoman from Metro North Hospital and Health Service said a range of measures will be looked at to address bed capacity at RBWH.

A spokeswoman from Metro North Hospital and Health Service said a range of measures will be looked at to address bed capacity at RBWH. Credit:Michelle Smith

The cancellation will see non-urgent elective surgeries rescheduled for the next fortnight.

A Metro North Health spokeswoman said the two-week period would allow further strategies to be implemented to address current capacity issues as well as anticipated increased demand during flu season.

“Over the next two weeks Metro North will continue surgeries for those with most clinical need, including Category 1, long-wait Category 2 and 3 patients still to be treated, as well as those who don’t need an overnight bed,” she said.

“Non-urgent elective surgeries are being rescheduled during this period.

“This two-week period will allow further strategies to be implemented to address current capacity issues as well as anticipated increased demand during winter flu season.”

She said the decision had been unanimously supported by the clinical executive team and additional action was being taken to increase capacity where it was most needed across Metro North Health.

Additional measures could include more surgery hours, extending medical imaging services, bringing in extra staff, and creating additional bed space to improve timeliness of patient access to services, she said.

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