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St. Boniface Hospital open some ORs

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St. Boniface Hospital hopes to catch up on hundreds of postponed surgeries caused by the 15-day closure of its operating rooms in the next several weeks.

At 7:45 this morning, the hospital reopened three operating rooms and hopes to have all 14 in service by Monday, St. B’s president and chief executive officer, Dr. Michel Tetreault, said.

A total of 348 patients had their elective or scheduled surgeries postponed due to the closure, which occurred Jan. 22 when heating and ventilation systems failed.

Urgent and emergency surgeries normally performed at St. B. have been passed off to Health Sciences Centre and Grace General Hospital for the past 15 days. That has had a ripple effect on other hospitals, which also saw their workloads increase.

St. Boniface hospital has about 20 per cent of the surgical capacity in Winnipeg.

Dr. Brock Wright, senior vice president and chief medical officer with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, said he hopes that most of the backlog in surgeries created by the closure will be cleared in a few weeks.

Seventy-eight of the 348 patients who saw surgeries postponed have already been rescheduled and had them performed. Another 237 patients are in the process of being scheduled, leaving 33 yet to be rebooked. All will be rescheduled by early next week, Wright said.

"All of those cases will be done well within an eight-week time frame. Most of them will be done much sooner than eight weeks," he said of the surgical backlog.

larry.kusch@freepress.mb.ca

 

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Updated on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:40 PM CST: Writethru.

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