Collingwood hospital ramps down non-urgent surgeries, some outpatient services to preserve staff

All non-urgent surgeries postponed as of Jan. 5

News release -Collingwood General and Marine Hospital

Commencing Wednesday, January 5, 2022, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital is postponing all non-urgent surgeries and slowing down some non-urgent outpatient procedures, as per the Ministry of Health announcement on Jan. 3, 2022, as hospitals try to preserve health human resource capacity.

This instruction to all Ontario hospitals comes at a time when the province has reached a dire capacity breaking point, due to the high volume of very ill COVID patients and staffing shortages due to sick employees and employees with symptomatic household members or high-risk contacts.

“We are experiencing a new phase in the pandemic with the omicron variant spreading quickly through the South Georgian Bay community, but now we must begin redeploying hospital employees to other areas to maintain key services and programs,” says Norah Holder, CGMH President and CEO. “We understand this is very frustrating for the community, as all surgeries are important, and some patients have now had a surgery rescheduled two or three times.”

Emergent and urgent surgeries, such as cancer care will continue, and the hospital’s emergency department remains open to see patients requiring urgent care. The hospital’s ED is not providing COVID PCR testing and anyone who meets the provinces updated testing criteria for a PCR test is to contact the South Georgian Bay COVID-19 Assessment Centre by calling 905-218-3572 or booking an online appointment at: https://chlscheduling.as.me/schedule.php.

Some hospital outpatient clinics and Diagnostic Imaging appointments are continuing at a reduced capacity. Patients that have upcoming surgeries and appointments at CGMH will be contacted by their surgeons’ offices or the hospital, if their surgery, diagnostic imaging or outpatient clinic is cancelled at this time. Patients that have NOT received a phone call, should proceed to the hospital as scheduled.

We continue to ask the community to remain diligent with all Public Health guidelines, as we navigate this next wave. We are truly appreciative of all CGMH employees and physicians! Everyone is working to their fullest capacity. Please pack your patience as you come to the hospital, as there may be extended wait times in the Emergency Department, as the situation quickly evolves. 

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