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30 Mar 2020
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Beachgoer increase sees 52 rescues at Umina Beach
Fishing operators say they struggle to stay viable
Peninsula fuel 50 per cent higher with crude price drop
Early end to patrols, but beaches remain open
'Character statement' may be developed for Council ward
'Resilience plan writes itself' as needs arise
Rotary president returns to home confinement
New York trip turns to nightmare
Leisure centre and theatre close as council cuts services
Bays Fair won't be held until next year
Italian festival postponed
Rotary club cancels Opera in the Arboretum
Information on government website
Chamber joins in buy-local campaign
Wicks urges residents to remain calm
Council forecasts $32.5 million deficit before virus costs
Council elections postponed 12 months
Council to tender for after hours call service
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The dire trend of planning approvals on the Peninsula
Toilet condition appalling
When the Peninsula relied on bore water
Offers to share toilet paper
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Health District 'as prepared as humanly possible'
Public health service cancels non-urgent surgery
Private hospital offers surgery to 'relieve load'
Woy Woy Hospital changes visiting hours
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Photographers and artists wanted by arboretum group
Art prize winners announced
Benefit concert postponed
Folk club cancels March concert
Theatre group reschedules plays to next year
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
College campuses transition to online learning
Teachers are designing activities for home learning
School adopts Batlow as 'bushfire buddy'
Schoolwork prepared for online learning
Students take part in photography workshop
Events cancelled, postponed and proceeding
Umina launches Learning at Home portal
School attendance drops to 15 per cent
School subscribes to online learning programs
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Southern Spirit declared runners-up after washout
Women's sevens final played at Woy Woy
Netball association may face tough decisions
Woy Woy Lions activities postponed at least until May
Soccer players wait for news about season's future
Swans season deferred

Public health service cancels non-urgent surgery

Non-urgent surgery over the coming months has been cancelled as the health sector gears up for the coronavirus pandemic.

Central Coast Local Health District chief executive Dr Andrew Montague said the District was in the process of doubling its intensive care capacity.

Dr Montague said a key component of these plans was ensuring that patients with the highest clinical urgency were prioritised.

The District had implemented changes to non-urgent surgery and outpatient clinics as part of its response.

This included working with clinicians to prioritise surgery cases including rescheduling some cases to enhance intensive care capacity; and conducting outpatient clinic appointments over the phone or video where possible to reduce close contact.

Dr Montague said there would be no impact to emergency and trauma patients, or on urgent surgery cases.

"Emergency, trauma and urgent surgery cases will occur with our clinicians assessing each patient's clinical need as to the urgency of care needed," he said.

"This move will free up staff working in or supporting our operating theatres to immediately undertake more specialised training so they can be redeployed to work in intensive care or other critical care areas.

Dr Montague said District staff would communicate directly with affected patients to advise them of any changes to their upcoming surgery or outpatient clinic appointment.

"As has been foreshadowed from the outset of this crisis, it is anticipated that significant adjustments will be required as we prepare our facilities for the coming weeks and months," he said.

"As part of the pandemic plans in place, we are also working with local private providers to outsource some of our non-urgent elective surgeries, helping to minimise the impact on those currently waiting for a procedure," he said.

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