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WBHHS service changes

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) management of COVID-19 is in line with its COVID-19 response plan.

Throughout the pandemic WBHHS has demonstrated its ability to be flexible and adaptable to the changing situation in accordance with its COVID-19 plan - including our COVID-19 virtual care model.

WBHHS continues to have a flexible approach and adjusts COVID-19 bed numbers to manage any local changes in COVID-19 hospitalisation rates locally. WBHHS also continues to work with our local private hospitals and residential aged care facilities to maximise our acute inpatient capacity throughout the pandemic.

While WBHHS continues to prioritise urgent elective surgery and outpatient appointments, our team has rescheduled procedures and outpatient clinics when necessary and continues to evaluate the situation. They may need to reschedule further elective surgery or outpatients' appointments depending on the evolving situation.

These service changes are consistent with hospitals and health services across Queensland and Australia, and are in accordance with the advice of state and national authorities.

Throughout our response, there have also been impacts on other aspects of our service, such as our visitor policy or the way we provide patient travel services.

WBHHS remains committed to ensuring the most time-sensitive and medically necessary care, whether COVID-19 related or not, can be delivered by our hospitals.

You can find out more about some of our impacted services below.

Should you have any further questions, please contact our Clinical Governance Support Unit.

Got any of these symptoms? Get tested.
If you’re experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 – including fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, diarrhoea, vomiting/nausea, or loss of smell or taste – you should be tested. To find out where to get tested in Wide Bay, visit our  fever clinics page

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service

Last updated: 25 March 2020