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Elective surgeries start back up at Stevenson

June 26, 2020   ·   0 Comments

Roughly 200 individuals who were set to receive an elective surgery or procedure at Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) in late March, April or May were blindsided when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, cancelling all their appointments.

But there’s now good news for those individuals who have been backlogged as SMH started rebooking elective surgeries and procedures last Monday.

SMH CEO Jody Levac said he’s anxious to get surgeons and nurses back in the Operating Room (OR) to provide much needed services to the community.

“Some of these things, even though they’re elective, you can’t wait too long, clinically; you got to get tested or you got to have your procedure done so it doesn’t become a bigger problem down the road,” he explained.

Levac said it’s important for the community to note SMH’s OR has remained open through the pandemic.

“We did do limited surgeries, we really respected the provincial directive to close down our ORs unless it was urgent or emergent,” Levac explained.

Since the pandemic started in mid-March, close to 100 surgeries have been performed, which is 200 less than SMH’s average of nearly 300 operations a month.

Now, SMH is operating under strict criteria set out by the provincial government that includes an appropriate supply of personal protective equipment, medication, staff, and community services to care for recovering patients.

As well, there must be an occupancy rate at the hospital of 85 per cent or less at all times.

Patients awaiting surgeries will be contacted by SMH and advised of their appointment date.

“The Surgical Department at SMH is excited to offer its services again to community members who have been so patient over the last few months,” said Dr. Syndie Singer, SMH’s Chief of Surgery.

“We look forward to getting back to helping our community and doing what we love to do. We are optimistic that we can slowly and safely begin working through the backlog of cases that have been delayed due to COVID-19.”

By Sam Odrowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter


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