Windsor Essex Hospitals To Pause Non Urgent Surgeries, Services, Procedures

Friday April 9th, 2021

Posted at 10:31am

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Ontario Health has directed local hospitals including Windsor Regional Hospital and Erie Shores HealthCare to ramp down non-urgent, elective/scheduled care and procedures due to increasing case counts and widespread community transmission across the province, and “mounting and extreme pressure” on the province’s critical care capacity.

The hospitals announced the change Friday morning following the official direction from the province which instructed “hospitals to ramp down all elective surgeries and non-emergent/non-urgent activities in order to preserve critical care and human resource capacity.”

Hospital officials say most of the temporary closures and postponements will be effective 12:01am on Monday, April 12th and patients will be contacted in advance if their scheduled appointments are affected.

“At this point the majority of the hospitalized patients are in the Central/GTA/Peel area,” said Windsor Regional CEO David Musyj. “There is not enough bed capacity in those regions to address the both critical care and medical needs of these patients, let alone projections of increased COVID positive patients all regions will experience due to the increasing COVID positive cases and the variants of concern.”

“As a result, all hospitals across Ontario must support each other and those in need,” he said.

Erie Shores president Kristin Kennedy says local hospitals need to help out the rest of the province.

“As part of a provincewide hospital network, our hospitals need to do our part to support our colleagues and their patients in other areas of Ontario,” she said.

The hospitals say emergency procedures will continue as well as urgent cancer surgeries.

Local hospital officials say there are currently over 500 COVID-19 positive patients in critical care beds across the province and projections from the Ontario Science Table, even after accounting for the stay-at-home order, estimate that the number of COVID-19 positive patients needing critical care beds across Ontario will increase to 774 by April 30th.

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