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Elective surgery returns to full capacity

Elective surgery in WA’s public hospitals has returned to normal levels after restrictions were enforced three months ago.

Non-urgent Category 2 and all Category 3 procedures were suspended from March 23, 2020 to preserve stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and ensure beds were available for patients with COVID-19.

The State Government confirmed that 3,550 patients were expected to go under the knife this week in elective procedures.

Health Minister Roger Cook thanked those who were on the waiting list for surgery for thier patience.

“I thank everyone who has been affected by these elective surgery delays for their patience and wish to reassure them that I understand how burdensome waiting for surgery is, which is why developing a plan to address the backlog is one of my highest priorities,” Mr Cook said.

“It is wonderful that within the short space of three months, we have responded so well to the Coronavirus pandemic that our hospitals can now safely resume full elective surgery activity, with a focus on patients who have waited longer than is clinically recommended.”

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