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Hospital gets ready for cyclone

THE Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) will maintain all critical services at all hospitals and health facilities, as it appears increasingly likely Tropical Cyclone Jasper will impact Far North Queensland.

The Health Service’s disaster plan is activated, and the Health Emergency Operation Centre is in stand up mode.

Staff across the Health Service have made preparations to ensure it can provide the necessary urgent support to the community.

CHHHS Chief Executive Leena Singh said staff had acted to ensure all facilities within the Health Service have stocks of sufficient medications, equipment, and other necessities to maintain critical services.

“At this time, we encourage all residents in the region to ensure they are prepared and have their cyclone kits ready, a stock of necessary medication and prescriptions and a maintained first aid kit,” Ms Singh said.

Ms Singh said with TC Jasper threatening the Far Northern coast, elective surgery at Cairns Hospital had been postponed for Wednesday and non-urgent outpatient clinics have also been cancelled to ensure capacity at the hospital and preparation for some staff to be unable to get to work due to potential flooding or road closures.

“Emergency surgery will continue as normal, but people with non-urgent illnesses or injuries are urged not to use the hospital’s Emergency Department, which may be busy treating cyclone casualties,” she said.

“Patients without urgent or serious problems should instead contact their GP or one of the city’s medical centres.”

“We understand that it can be difficult to see a GP at this time, so we are asking the public with non-urgent conditions to please consider alternative options as a primary care point.”

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Council warns of flooding from cyclone Jasper and Cairns closures in preparation for cyclone Jasper.

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