Several health services in various parts of the province began again on Tuesday as part of the first phase of the resumption of SHA services.
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“This is a subtle balance that we are starting today towards a ‘new normal’ while still responding to the reality of the global pandemic,” SHA CEO Scott Livingstone said in a press release.
He added that the team had and would continue to balance plans for reopening services with the health system capacity needed for that COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients.
Phase one begins Tuesday with a focus on continuing several discontinued services, such as outpatient physiotherapy appointments, kidney health services, laboratory services and home care.
The SHA noted that not all health services were daily and operation The orders listed in the first step of the plan will continue on May 19 or throughout the province. He added that service resumption will vary based on factors, including consideration of the status and capacity of local outbreaks.
Health officials say the experience of patient health care will be different from before the pandemic due to additional protective measures, such as changes in waiting room practices to increase physical distance and screening at facilities.
The SHA says these steps can cause delays and discomfort for patients but are needed for safety reasons.
A pause in non-urgent and elective surgery two months ago was needed to minimize the risk for those who did not need emergency care while ensuring the hospital had the capacity to increase COVID patients, according to a press release.
In the first phase, the SHA said operations would be expanded to now include “a six week urgent case.”
“Priority of patients in the list of operations will be determined based on clinical judgment by their doctor, in consultation with patients,” said Dr. Rashaad Hansia, executive doctor of SHA for integrated urban health in a statement.
“This is not only based on the type of operation needed. Given the complexity of the work involved to continue the surgical service in the safest way possible, we will not see a significant improvement soon.
“What we see is surgeons who work with their patients to assess their needs and determine who qualifies for the six-week urgent category, then schedule it for today and in the coming weeks.”
The availability of surgical orders for each provider is being balanced across all surgical specialties, and considering the availability of appropriate post-surgical treatments such as treatments and therapies, according to the SHA.
SHA released planned resumption of service on 5 May as a framework only. It is said that all future phases will be based on continuous factor assessments to ensure it is safe to move forward.
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