Mississauga hospitals set to tackle backlog of 18,000 surgical patients
Hospitals in Mississauga will begin booking elective surgeries again on Monday (June 21).
The move comes as the prevalence of COVID-19 patient admissions decline at both Credit Valley and Mississauga Hospitals and as the need for the surgeries continues to grown.
"This is the best news I have heard in a long time," said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie during a report to City councillors this week.
Crombie reported that Trillium Health Partners (THP) has a backlog of 18,000 people waiting for surgery.
She said THP is currently seeing just five new COVID-19 patients a day and are only treating five people for the virus in intensive care units. These numbers are the lowest since before the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic last fall.
The surgical procedures will be gradually phased-in with the expectation that normal procedures will take over by September.
The hospital system is currently notifying patients on waiting lists.
THP says the approach will be guided by COVID-19 and variant activity and hospitals ability to perform the surgeries.
"THP is working closely with surgeons and aligning with priority and wait time standards set by the province to prioritize highest-risk patients, including those with cancer," a statement reads.
Since the pandemic began, hospitals in Mississauga and Brampton have dealt with the some of the greatest patient volumes in the country which led to the delay of many non-emergency procedures.
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