While Western Australia’s snap three-day lockdown will end as scheduled at midnight, all non-urgent elective surgery in Perth metropolitan hospitals will continue to be rescheduled.

Premier Mark McGowan announced on Monday that a series of interim COVID-19 restrictions would remain in place for the Perth and Peel regions from midnight Monday until 12.01am on Saturday.

“The short three-day lockdown has done the job it was designed to do,” he told reporters.

“It was a circuit breaker we needed to limit community spread and keep our community healthy.”

WA Health Minister Roger Cook said, as part of the next phase, some restrictions would remain on elective surgery in metropolitan public hospitals.

WA Health Minister Roger Cook.
WA Health Minister Roger Cook. Credit: AAP

“The focus will be on Category 1 and urgent Category 2 elective surgery for the next four days,” he told reporters on Monday.

“Non-urgent Category 2 and all Category 3 will be rescheduled, all non-urgent outpatients and community health visits will be via Telehealth, where able, or rescheduled.”

Cook said all impacted patients would be contacted and urged individuals to wait until they are contacted, and not to make contact with the hospital unless an urgent inquiry.

“We understand the disruption this causes everyone but we hope it is only a temporary measure and we seek your understanding and patience.”

– with AAP

Elective surgery WA: Health Minister outlines hospital changes as Perth and Peel lockdown is lifted
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