Emergency animal health services will be closed at Garden City Hospital, south-western Brisbane, on Saturday, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Emergency Animal Hospital (EAH) has confirmed that staff will be asked to quarantine patients, but the closure will not affect operations.
Key points:Staff will be given quarantine time to be able to care for sick animalsThe hospital has been closed for more than a week as the coronaveen outbreak is taking its tollThe closure will take effect from 8:00am to 6:00pm on SaturdayGarden City Hospital’s director of operations and clinical care, Dr Andrew Moles, said staff would be asked, on the condition of anonymity, to quarantine as a precaution.
“It will be our duty to get the animals into quarantine, which is a process where we’ll get the animal in quarantine and then we’ll put them in quarantine for an extended period of time,” he said.
“They’ll then be brought back to the main hospital to get their blood and fluids checked.”
Then, after that, they’ll be put back into the care of the main department, where they will be monitored.
“Dr Moles said the EAH’s operations and staff would continue to be fully staffed during the lockdown.
He said the lockdown would last about 48 hours.”
Our emergency veterinary services will continue to provide care to the patients at the main and minor hospital, and we’ll be working through the day with our partner agencies, to make sure the hospital remains fully operational,” he explained.”
We’re really focused on making sure the emergency service and our partner service continue to operate as efficiently as possible.
“The closure at the EAGH is expected to last for around 48 hours, and is the latest in a string of hospital closures in Queensland in recent weeks.
More than 2,000 people were treated in the EMAH at the end of February.
The closure of the EAAH at a time of severe influenza activity was the first major hospital closure in Queensland.
A further seven hospitals were closed over the past three weeks, including the EDAH at Mt Gravatt and the EEAH at Woori in the north-east of the state.
Dr Mules said EAH operations would remain in operation as long as needed.”
When you’re in an emergency situation, you don’t need to worry about it,” he told 7.30.”
You can be doing other things that you might be doing at home.
“He said it was the most urgent issue the hospital faced.”
The primary care is going to be running at the highest level that we’re able to manage.
“In terms of other medical services, our primary care has been operating at the best level that it can manage,” he added.
Dr James O’Connor from the University of Queensland’s department of veterinary medicine said the closure would have a direct impact on the lives of emergency animals.
“I think the people in this community have been impacted by the coronaves, and the people who work in the emergency departments and care for these animals, it’s a big issue,” he stated.
“These animals are very important to us.
They’re a source of protein, they’re a way to manage illness.”
Dr O’Donnell said it would be a shock to the local community.
“At the moment, it seems like the emergency animal community are feeling the worst,” he observed.
“People in the community are really worried about their pets, they have been very concerned about the number of animals that have died from this virus and how the animals are being cared for.”