Patients with scheduled surgeries will be contacted by a booking clerk
Interior Health, which governs Royal Inland Hospital, has begun postponing non-urgent scheduled surgeries, though it said urgent and emergency procedures will not be impacted.
Some surgeries, including those related to cancer and scheduled caesarean sections, will not be impacted. Patients will be contacted to confirm date and time.
The decision to postpone non-urgent surgeries comes as a directive from the Ministry of Health in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Interior Health has pandemic plans in place and said it is prepared to adjust capacity as required.
Patients with scheduled surgeries will be contacted by an IH booking clerk. In addition, for gastrointestinal and endoscopy procedures, patients may be contacted by their surgeon's office. IH said patients should wait to be contacted directly about their procedure.
Interior Health said the measures are being taken as a necessary step to ensure there is enough hospital capacity for those affected by COVID-19, should the region see a rapid increase in demand, as other countries have experienced.
Interior Health will assess this action over the coming weeks and will advise patients when their procedure has been rebooked.
The BC Centre for Disease Control is the recommended resource for provincial information that is accurate and current. Go online to http://www.bccdc.ca/, where information updated frequently.
Interior Health also has frequently updated information on its website, at www.interiorhealth.ca.