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Miscellaneous: 1 Oct 2019
Spike in emergency surgeries delays some elective surgery at Grand River Hospital

A spike in emergency surgeries has delayed some elective surgery at Grand River Hospital. - Peter Lee , Waterloo Region Record file photo

WATERLOO REGION Approximately 30 patients with elective surgeries scheduled for this week or next at Grand River Hospital have had those procedures rescheduled due to a higher than expected number of emergency surgeries last week.

The hospital says that surgeries for 15 patients set for this week had to be rescheduled, along with 16 next week. Hospital staff expect to be back on schedule by Oct. 15.

"Some patients scheduled for elective surgeries between Sept. 23 and Oct. 11 would have been informed that their appointments were moved out to a later date," said Grand River Hospital spokesperson Aubrey Walters.

An elective surgery is one scheduled in advance and that does not involve a medical emergency.

Some of the postponed procedures included orthopedic surgery; ear, nose and throat surgery for children; and other general surgeries not related to cancer treatment, Walters said.

The hospital averages about 60 emergency surgeries per week, but last week there were 86 and the hospital said it was a "significant increase" for both the operating room and in-patient surgical units. The day surgery unit is open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., or later if required.

This surge in unexpected surgeries happens two or three times per year, according to hospital staff, and they are "forced to reprioritize our cases (and) patients" based on the higher numbers of emergency cases, said Walters.

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James Jackson Waterloo Region Record/AA
 

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