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Erie Shores Healthcare To Postpone All Non-Urgent Surgeries Beginning Monday

Wednesday December 30th, 2020, 2:56pm

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Erie Shores Healthcare will postpone all non-urgent surgeries beginning this Monday.

Non-urgent diagnostic imaging studies will not be scheduled at this time and patient’s will be notified if an already scheduled imaging study will be deferred.

The Hospital says the decision was made due to in-hospital admissions of patients with COVID-19 continuing to rise at “an alarming rate” and to address bed capacity within the Hospital and to ensure human resources to support staff and bed utilization.

Officials say they will continue to perform surgeries for emergencies and urgent surgeries deemed priorities by the surgical team. Cancer surgeries will continue to be prioritized. Surgeons will review their elective cases that they had booked from January 4th and onwards to contact patients to inform them of their postponements.

Erie Shores HealthCare is working with regional hospital partners to assess decanting options as needed over the coming days and weeks.

In addition, Erie Shores HealthCare will move to a 24-hour onsite leadership coverage to support frontline staff, as well.

“Windsor-Essex currently has the highest per capita rate of COVID cases in Ontario. As a result, we have seen an increase in related pressures on our Hospital over the past month, and we anticipate these pressures will continue or increase over the coming 6-8 weeks. In order to be available to provide care to the sickest patients in our Community, we now need to again prioritize procedures and surgeries and postpone any elective procedures until this surge is over,” said Dr. Ross Moncur, Chief of Staff.

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