CAN OUR HEALTH SYSTEM / HOSPITALS COPE UNDER THE NEW FRAMEWORK IF THERE ARE OUTBERAKS?

CPF has been designed to consider health service capacity as part of determining which status an area is set at. Where there is limited capacity in a local hospital, this may result in a more restricted setting until hospital capacity increases again.

There are several health measures in place as we move to the minimisation and protection strategy. These focus on a highly vaccinated population, new testing strategy/surveillance and contact tracing under development. Further guidance on isolation for positive cases, and guidance on ventilation for indoor venues is also under way, as well as work on local public health responses.

DO WE HAVE ICU CAPACITY IF THERE IS FUTHER COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION?

The capacity of ICU and HDU beds nationwide can be surged to 550 beds.

If we had to provide additional surge capacity to convert beds for ICU-level care because of COVID-19 cases it would be at the cost of other treatment and other patient care.