SMH resumes surgeries, procedures

Elective surgeries will resume June 15 at Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH).

Staff have been diligently planning the resumption of surgeries and procedures, with a
goal to safely ramp-up services.

“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,” says Dr. Syndie Singer, Chief of Surgery, SMH. “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.”

There are currently just under 200 patients who are waiting to have their surgical procedures
rescheduled due to the pandemic.

SMH will be operating by following the strict criteria established by the province that includes an
appropriate supply of protective equipment, medication, staff and community services to care for
recovering patients, and occupancy rates at 85 per cent or less.

“We are very happy to be able to ramp up surgical services here at SMH, but we also want to ensure
that we are doing so safely,” says Jody Levac, President and CEO, SMH. “I ask the public to please
be patient as we slowly start to open up appointments again for elective surgeries.”

Since mid-March, almost 100 surgeries have been performed for emergency cases only. Pre- COVID-19,
SMH was performing almost 300 surgeries per month.

Patients awaiting surgery will be contacted by their physician’s office to be advised of their
appointment date.

Information regarding preparing for surgeries will be provided to patients in advance of their
procedure and will also be available next week on SMH’s website: www.stevensonhospital.ca

Photo: “We are very happy to be able to ramp up surgical services here at SMH, but we also want to ensure
that we are doing so safely,” says Jody Levac, President and CEO, SMH.

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