The Royal Hobart Hospital has upgraded it’s Covid-19 Management Escalation Plan to Level 3.
The move follows a recommendation of the Regional Health Emergency Management Team and is based on the current level of COVID-positive inpatients, hospital demand and increasing level of staff absences impacting general operations.
Under the new level, planned elective surgery lists will be reviewed and a reduced number of elective surgeries will be performed, depending on demand.
Locals that have conditions that are not an emergency or do not require a hospital admission are being asked to reconsider attending the Emergency Department at this time.
The Department of Health is asking the public for their patience and understanding should they experience longer waiting times for lower acuity presentations.
The Launceston General Hospital and North West Regional Hospital are also currently operating at level 3 of their COVID-19 Management Escalation Plan, while the Mersey Community Hospital is operating at level 2.
Across the state, there are currently active outbreaks on three wards at the LGH, one ward at the NWRH, one ward at the MCH and at the Lyell House residential aged care facility at West Coast District Hospital in Queenstown.