“In that way, we knew she was in a place of safety, if you like, in terms of her quarantine, and she was obviously subsequently found to be positive after that test,” he said.
Dr Wakefield said the hospital had delayed some elective surgeries, however it was maintaining all its emergency department functions and was not diverting emergency patients or people requiring acute care.
Instead, Dr Wakefield said staff from neighbouring hospital and health services, including Metro North and Metro South, had been asked to contribute staff to help fill the gap.
“[We’ve done that] to provide support for West Moreton [Hospital and Health Service] but also to be ready should there be more cases and the need to quarantine more staff, that we can do that in an organised way and maintain services,” he said.
“We’ve [also] initiated a private hospital relationship which we have across the state to