Elective Surgeries Cancelled During WYD? Print
Written by Sherry   
Monday, 26 May 2008 19:37
I've got a Google alert going for World Youth Day" and it has been illuminating to read a number of Aussie articles grumbling about the inconveniences and even possible dire consequences of holding such an event. It's hard to tell how much of this is because it a Catholic event or just a gigantic event. Did the residents of Sydney also complain so vociferously about the Olympic games?

Here is one consequence of having 225,000 visitors drop in for a week::

The New South Wales Health Department is truly to dispel a rumor that elective surgery will be suspended during World Youth Day in July.

Dr O'Connell has told ABC 702 Sydney local radio that smaller procedures will be listed so theatres will not be tied up with long, complicated surgeries.

"Instead of doing, for example, large cases which take many hours and the patients need to stay in hospital for a number of days post-operatively, they'll ramp up their activities on smaller cases that can be turned over quickly, so the theatre can be rapidly released if there is some major event," he said.

He says the changes are a normal part of disaster planning in case there is an emergency during that week.