Statement on Royal Darwin and Palmerston Hospitals – Code Yellow

NT Government

A Code Yellow has been called for Royal Darwin and Palmerston Hospital (RDPH) due to a peak in hospital demand following a steady increase of patient admissions over the past week.

A Code Yellow enacts a number of practices that allow the hospital to closely manage the situation and implement measures to ease pressures on the hospital system, while providing high quality safe care.

A very small number of elective surgeries have been temporarily postponed so that patients with more urgent care needs can be admitted to hospital. NT Health will contact impacted patients as soon as possible with a new surgery date. Emergency surgery and day surgery will continue as normal.

Surge management plans are in place to reallocate resources and support with admission and discharge processes.

Patient safety is a priority, and we thank our dedicated staff at RDPH for their hard work during these periods of high demand to ensure Territorians continue to receive the best patient centred care possible.

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