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Code yellow emergency activated at Royal Darwin Hospital

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A code yellow emergency has been issued at Royal Darwin Hospital for the third time this year as it struggles to cope under increased pressure.

The hospital has postponed elective surgeries after announcing it reached capacity yesterday afternoon due to overcrowding.

In a written statement, a NT Health spokesperson says patient safety remains a priority as staff deal with “peaks in hospital capacity”.

“A code yellow enacts a number of practices to allow the hospital to closely manage the peak until pressures ease.

“Patient safety is a priority and the dedicated staff at RDH work hard to ensure Territorians continue to receive the best patient-centred care possible in these periods of high demand.

Category two and three elective surgeries have been put on hold and will have to be rescheduled to allow room for patients in need of more urgent care.

Emergency surgery and specialist outpatient appointments will continue.

“We urge people who have non-emergency health needs to see their GP as soon as they become sick to try to avoid becoming acutely unwell and needing hospital attendance.

“This helps us care for those who most need a hospital bed.”