Stable capacity at Brampton Civic Hospital means no delay for surgeries for now  


Published December 22, 2021 at 3:01 pm

As was the case during the previous wave of pandemic, some hospitals and health care providers have had to cancel certain procedures in order to prioritize COVID-19 patients.

With cases continuing to increase every day, and the Omicron variant projected to be the dominant strain before the end of the year, hospitals are once again fearing for their capacity limits.

Some, including the University Health Network, have had to cancel surgeries again.

During a press conference on Wednesday (December 22), Dr. Naveed Mohammad, president and CEO of William Osler Health System (Osler), said Osler’s goal is to avoid having to cancel procedures.

“We are going to do our best to avoid delaying surgeries and medical services,” Dr. Mohammad said.

“We were the hardest hit in the previous wave, and we’re already much below the service level of other hospitals, which has impacted our patients locally,” he said.

Currently, capacity at Brampton Civic Hospital is stable, despite new cases surpassing 3,000 over the last few days.

As of Tuesday night, there are only seven COVID-19 patients at Brampton Civic Hospital, and only three are in the ICU.

However, while hospital capacity is currently stable in Brampton, Dr. Mohammad did acknowledge if that changes, altering services could become necessary, but it is something that health care workers are hoping to avoid.

“So even though it may become a reality at some point, at this point, we’re trying our best not to delay surgeries or ambulatory care,” he said.

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