Windsor Regional Hospital To Start Pausing Non-Urgent Surgeries Beginning Monday

Friday December 11th, 2020

Posted at 10:11am

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Windsor Regional Hospital will once again postpone certain non-urgent surgeries for an indefinite period.

The hospital says this is due to a rise in in-hospital admissions of patients with COVID-19 and a potentially critical shortage of available acute care beds.

These temporary closures and postponements involve non-urgent, elective surgeries that require a bed/overnight stay. Day surgeries – those where a patient can go home the same day as the procedure – were stopped during the first wave back in March but will not be stopped as of this time.

As with the previous postponement of elective surgeries announced at the start of the pandemic in mid-March, emergent/urgent surgeries, OBGYN procedures and cancer surgeries are prioritized and will not be cancelled at this time.

The postponements affect surgeries effective 12:01am Monday, December 14th. Patients will be contacted in advance if their scheduled appointments are affected.

“We will continue to reassess our capacity for surgeries based on volumes on a regular basis,” said Dr. Wassim Saad, WRH Chief of Staff. “We are doing our best to keep bed capacity available as our patient volumes increase during the second wave of this COVID-19 pandemic, while also conserving our hospital resources for the most urgent needs.”

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