BC surgical waiting list lower than 2020, still 88,000 – Surrey Now-Leader

More than 98% of surgeries postponed during the COVID-19 pandemic have been performed, and B.C.’s current wait list has fallen from 84,000 to 88,000 since March 2021, the Minister of Health reported Wednesday. Adrian Dix.

Dix’s May 4 update on the surgical renewal program continues to point out that the waitlist is below its pandemic peak in 2020, when the ministry suspended all elective surgeries to focus on cases of COVID-19 and reduce hospital infections.

Surgical capacity has been expanded by extending operating room hours to evenings and weekends, contracting surgeries to private clinics, and most recently Island Health took over Nanaimo’s private surgical clinics and View Royal, the suburb where Victoria General Hospital is located.

Dix said hospitals on Vancouver Island are busier than in other parts of British Columbia, and that trend dates back to before the pandemic. British Columbia’s population continues to grow and approximately 900,000 people do not have access to a family doctor to ensure continuity of care and treatment.

For the week of April 3-9, 7,379 procedures were performed across the provincial health system, 395 more than in 2019/20, the ministry reported. All health authorities in British Columbia recruit and train surgical specialists such as perioperative nurses and medical device reprocessing technicians.

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