Monday, 15 May 2017 08:16

UPDATE: AHS on track to resume some elective surgeries at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital

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Alberta Health Services (AHS) is on track to resume some elective surgeries at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Monday, May 15. However, it is anticipated that a number of elective surgeries will be postponed to allow higher priority procedures to take place.


We continue to have our medical devices and materials reprocessed at other sites, which enables us to go ahead with some high priority procedures. Emergency and urgent surgeries will continue at the facility.
The decision on any additional postponements will depend on progress made on resolving the water quality concern that is still currently impacting our ability to sterilize/reprocess medical devices at this site. To-date, 106 postponements have taken place May 9 through May 13.
The postponement of these elective surgeries has allowed us to maintain our supply of devices for emergency surgeries at this facility, while we have continued to investigate the water quality concern and address the issue.
We have made significant progress in identifying the root causes of this issue, and are now working hard to ensure medical device reprocessing can resume. Water quality testing and monitoring will be ongoing.
We know this is inconvenient and potentially stressful for the affected patients and we apologize for that. Decisions are made with patients first in mind.
Patients will be contacted if there is any change to their surgical plan. Those patients affected by the surgical postponements will be contacted by their surgeon’s office to reschedule procedures as soon as possible.
We do know that there has been no impact on inpatient, urgent and emergency care, and water serving patients and staff is safe. Our most immediate concern is, as always, the safety and wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors. 
Affected patients, or patients who are concerned about this issue, can call Site Administration at 403-502-8648 [Call: 403-502-8648] (ext. 1509) during regular business hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
We thank all our staff, physicians and volunteers for their assistance and dedication to maintaining excellent patient care and services.

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