The waiting list for surgeries lies in the eastern Townships

La liste d'attente pour des chirurgies allonge en Estrie

The slowdown in activities in the operating theatres of the eastern Townships because of the COVID-19 has swollen the waiting list for elective surgeries in the institutions of the CIUSSS of the eastern Townships-CHUS.

Even before the pandemic, approximately 8,000 patients were waiting for surgery, due to a lack of operating rooms and nursing qualified.

However, in June, there were more than 11 100 people waiting for surgery, a number powered by the postponement of surgeries to deal with the pandemic. Since then, this number has since decreased to approximately 10 800 patients.

These numbers are probably under-estimated because at the height of the pandemic, the specialist doctors are not seeing new patients.

If the objective of the CIUSSS is once again functional to 100 % in September, the wait times reduction will require, however, a lot of time.

25% in mid-march, the volume of surgical activity was 50% in may and now stands at about 80% of the usual number of surgeries.

Fortunately, the cancer services have been maintained at more than 80% of their capacity, which has allowed us to limit the delays in the delivery of treatment.

More than 1,500 surgeries have been postponed because of a health emergency. The schedule of their time is planned according to the clinical priorities related to conditions of patients.

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