Do I need to have a COVID-19 test before surgery? Do I then need to self-isolate? What is the process?

Acute and elective surgical services are still being performed in public and private hospitals, although some states and territories are operating at reduced capacity for elective or non-urgent surgery.

 

Protocols around COVID-19 testing and self-isolation prior to surgery are also currently being determined by state governments, so advice may differ depending on your location.

 

If you have a surgery or procedure scheduled, ask your medical team what the processes are around COVID-19 testing and self-isolation prior to the day. 

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