Illawarra Newsroom

Illawarra Shoalhaven Health ready to adapt to pandemic

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The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) will adapt its response to the COVID-19 pandemic in line with case numbers as they rise and fall.

The number of hospitalisations across the Local Health District remains steady with 23 patients currently in hospital across the District, most are receiving care within the allocated COVID wards at both Wollongong and Shoalhaven Hospitals.

One person is in Intensive Care as a result of COVID-19 and if there is an increase in cases, specialist teams at both Wollongong and Shoalhaven are prepared.

Strategies are in place for the safe transition of COVID positive patients into Emergency Departments (EDs) and recently Wollongong Hospital added a clinical area outside its emergency department to further help manage presentations.

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Chief Executive Margot Mains said, as expected with widespread community transmission and high case numbers, the District was seeing many staff furloughed temporarily.

“The LHD is working around the clock to ensure that all available staff are deployed to areas of highest demand,” Ms Mains said.

“To help us better manage their workload, we ask the community to please only use the emergency department for an emergency, we are seeing people coming to Emergency
requesting Rapid Antigen Tests. These are not available to the public via ED.”

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