Elective Surgery Update
  • Apr 29, 2020
  • Dr David Goh
  • News


  • YVS will continue consulting (telehealth and face-face)
  • YVS will resume some category 2 procedures and consider category 3 procedures on a case by case basis
  • YVS will continue to bulk-bill all services (telehealth, face-face, and ultrasound).


Greetings all,

Hope this finds you well and coping with the massive changes to life we are experiencing.

Recently the federal government announced that many elective surgery procedures would recommence as of Monday 27th April.  What does this mean for you and for services provided by Yarra Vascular Surgeons?

Let’s review the purpose of the restrictions that were imposed in the first place, namely;

1) preserve hospital capacity,

2) preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) and

3) limit close interactions between significant numbers of people in an operating theatre environment.

Now we are in a situation where:

1) the COVID-19 curve has been flattened and we are unlikely to see excessive demand for hospital beds due to the virus,

2) Australia has acquired a good stock of PPE, and

3) community transmission is reducing significantly.

For Yarra Vascular Surgeons’ it means first and foremost continuing our consulting service to patients, whether it be for critical health conditions or for lifestyle reasons.  During the consultation we will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 climate on your condition and what the best treatment options are for you.  Lower acuity procedures will be considered on a case by case basis.

Overall, these changes reinforce that is a safe time to see your local doctor or specialist. At Yarra Vascular Surgeons our focus is to always ensure that we engage in a productive information exchange, so at the end of this process you come out with a better understanding of your general health, the specifics of any condition you may have, and what treatment options, if any, are recommended.

Please stay safe and do contact us if we can be of any assistance.

Best wishes,

Yarra Vascular Surgeons


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