Public hospital cancels elective surgery, outpatients visits

CYCLONE Marcia has forced the cancellation of elective surgery, specialist outpatients visits and pre-admission clinics scheduled for Friday, February 20, at Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service hospitals.

A WBHHS spokesman said anybody with an appointment for those services was advised not to go to hospital.

He said staff would be contacting patients individually to make alternate arrangements.

WBHHS chief executive Adrian Pennington said the decision had been made as a precaution to protect patients and staff from any risks associated with the approach of Cyclone Marcia.

"We have to make sure we do everything we can to keep patients and staff safe in in the build up to a significant weather event such as the one we now face," he said.

"Today we have decided that all specialist outpatient department clinics and elective surgery scheduled for Friday, February 20, at Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service facilities will be cancelled.

"Adverse weather conditions may affect the ability of staff to travel to work and there is a risk to patients travelling to appointments.

""Such a severe weather event also has potential to disrupt services such as the electricity supply."

Mr Pennington apologised to anybody inconvenienced by the cancellations but guaranteed new appointments would be scheduled at the earliest available date.

For further information, phone Specialist Outpatient Department clinics on 4325 6470.