We continue to see an increase in the number of patients coming to our sites since beginning the resumption of elective surgeries, procedures and other outpatient services on May 25. Currently, we are at 100 per cent of our pre-COVID volumes.
Between May 25 and September 13 Niagara Health has performed about 1,200 emergency and 3,750 elective surgeries, including cataract, orthopedic, vascular, and gynecological procedures.
Between May 25 and September 13, Niagara Health team has performed approximately:
We have also had 9,300 visits to our orthopedic outpatient clinics.
During the pandemic, we have been placing an increasing focus on virtual care – using video conferencing and telephone calls – to meet the needs of our patients, and support safety by reducing traffic in and out of the hospital. Virtual care will be a bigger part of our services moving forward, especially as we gradually resume services.
We’re thankful for the community’s patience during this time and we ask for your continued understanding as we work as quickly and safely as we can to re-introduce services. Niagara Health had to postpone over 3,000 procedures due to COVID, and the pandemic is not over yet, so it will take time to see everyone who has been waiting for care.
As services are reintroduced across our sites, please remember to:
Bring their own mask and wear it at all times while in the hospital.
Follow signage and other directional information while at the hospital.
Maintain a safe physical distance of six feet (two metres) from others while at NH sites.
Practice meticulous hand hygiene upon entry and at appropriate times while in the hospital.
Download a poster with important reminders here.