Potential tropical cyclone: Changes to planned care
Published: 24 January 2024
1pm Wednesday 24 January: There are changes to planned care at Townsville University Hospital due to a potential tropical cyclone, which is forming off the coast in the Coral Sea.
A tropical low developing in the Coral Sea has not yet developed into a tropical cyclone, but it is expected to do so later today.
Potential Tropical Cyclone Kirrily is expected to cross the coast late on Thursday and bringing with it strong wind gusts and wet weather.
Based on the Bureau of Meteorology forecast on the anticipated path and strength of potential Tropical Cyclone Kirrily, the health service has made the decision to significantly reduce planned care from tomorrow 1pm on Thursday 25 January.
This decision does not impact inpatient care provided at our Townsville University Hospital and prioritises the safety of our staff and patients.
If you are impacted by this change, we will contact you directly. There is no need to call the hospital.
Patients attending appointments at our other facilities will be contacted directly if there are impacts to their care.
The Townsville Medicare Urgent Care Clinic (UCC) remains open at Eastbrook Medical Centre in Thuringowa for non-life-threatening conditions.
The urgent care clinic operates seven days a week between 11am to 9pm at 86 Thuringowa Drive.
In an emergency you should always call 000 or present to an emergency department if safe to do so.
We will continue to update the community about impacts to our services on social media.