Local Hospitals To Gradually Resume Non-Urgent And Non-Emergent Surgeries That Do Not Require An In-Patient Stay

Wednesday May 19th, 2021

Posted at 3:46pm

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Windsor Regional Hospital and Erie Shores HealthCare are planning to gradually resume non-urgent and non-emergency surgeries that do not require an in-patient stay/bed post-surgery.

The move comes after a government directive to halt these procedures has been rescinded by the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

This easing of the provincial directive calls for a gradual and incremental implementation of carefully thought-out resumption of scheduled cases. The government’s criteria for the resumption of these procedures requires “an initial focus on resuming outpatient and day surgeries and procedures only,” meaning the hospital can only resume day surgeries which do not require the patient to be admitted to an in-patient bed following surgery.

Both hospitals say they  are working to find ways to operate beyond their standard capacity over the coming months to reduce the backlog created by this and previous COVID waves and are asking for the public’s patience when it comes to the rescheduling of thousands of surgical procedures that were postponed over the past year.

They ask that you do not contact the hospitals, or surgeons’ offices, about a postponed appointment. Surgeons continue to look at their cases and prioritizing who can be scheduled first.

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