Doctors say hospitals should be able to cope with the quarantining of two batches of a commonly used anaesthesia drug that may be contaminated.

Hospitals are trying to find alternative supplies to a widely used anaesthesia drug after a nationwide safety alert.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration advised public and private hospitals on Friday it was quarantining two batches of propofol that could be contaminated with bacteria.

Australian Medical Association vice-president Professor Geoff Dobb said the TGA’s action was unlikely to have a major effect on surgery as hospitals should be able to secure alternative supplies.

“We’re hoping it will all be sorted out in two weeks at most,” he said.

Queensland Health said it had sourced alternative supplies and was working to urgently secure more to avoid any cancellation of elective surgery.