Coronavirus Update

IMPACT

We are all aware that the appearance of COVID-19 has caused significant disruption to the way we live. As we have seen from reports overseas this virus has the potential to have a major impact on the delivery of health services in the community. As with many industries, we are trying to find the best way to continue to work safely. This involves protecting staff from exposure to the virus while simultaneously maintaining a high level of surgical care for all unwell children.

 

There are somethings that we do know:

1. Current evidence suggests that this will have a limited impact on children and young adults. At the Royal Children’s Hospital, we are not expecting a significant drain on our intensive care resources by unwell children with the COVID virus. Children though do get the disease and children with other health issues can still be at significant risk.

2. Changes are required within the hospital environment to prevent the spread of the virus throughout the adult staff and parents especially by the children themselves. This will involve restricted access to the hospital, regular temperature testing at the entrance and increased use of telehealth care.

3. All routine operating through the Royal Children’s Hospital, apart from urgent cases, is currently restricted to preserve resources and to allow a better preparation for managing the impact of the disease.