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Elective surgery (15 May 2020)

Following a national cabinet meeting on 15 May 2020, a decision was made by the Prime Minister to reopen elective surgery in line with State and Territory government guidelines.  Queensland's Chief Health Officer has now advised that elective surgery can resume in Queensland, if it is safe to do so.

As a result of this announcement, Mater will gradually start resuming elective surgery.  If you are on the wait list for surgery at Mater, you will be contacted in due course with your rescheduled appointment.

How will we maintain your safety?

Your health and wellbeing continues to be our highest priority and we have put in some additional measures in line with social distancing requirements to ensure your safety during this period.  This includes:

  • spacing of appointments to minimise the number of people within the clinic at any one time
  • social distancing measures throughout common areas
  • regular wipe-downs of common touch-points
  • availability of hand sanitiser for all patients upon arrival and during their time on-site
  • and appropriate protective equipment for our clinical staff.

Patients, families and visitors updates

Last updated 15 May 2020.

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Medical community updates

Last updated 12 June 2020.

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Students updates

Last updated 7 May 2020.

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Pregnant women and families with newborns and babies updates

Last updated 8 May 2020.

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What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that include the common cold along with more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus and was identified as the cause of a disease outbreak in China, that has now extended into a number of countries around the world. For more information  on COVID-19 you can access this patient flyer


COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and if you’re sick your symptoms might include:

  • fever
  • a cough
  • sore throat
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath.

When should I see a doctor?

Contact your doctor right away if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have travelled overseas in the last 14 days or been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Before your appointment, please call ahead and tell the staff what your symptoms are and your travel history or that you may have been in contact with a potential case.

Take the Queensland Government's Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) quiz here.

How can I protect myself and my family?

To protect yourself and others from infection it's important to practice good hand hygiene and always;

  • Clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is unwell—try to stay 1.5m away from anyone coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth.
  • Practice social distancing and avoid shaking hands, hugging and kissing.
  • Stay home if you are unwell.