CALGARY (660 NEWS) — As hospitalizations continue to climb in the province due to COVID-19, Alberta Health Services (AHS) says it is preparing to deal with future capacity issues by reducing scheduled surgeries starting Tuesday.
In a tweet, AHS says over the next two weeks, Edmonton, Calgary and North Zones will be reducing scheduled surgical activity up to 30 per cent, including the reduction of some non-urgent procedures and ambulatory appointments.
AHS is reducing scheduled surgical activity up to 30 per cent and reducing some non-urgent procedures and ambulatory appointments in Calgary. AHS is doing this to prepare the healthcare system to meet demand from those needing treatment for COVID-19 https://t.co/LDFOKDtf2T
— Jeff Slack (@Jeffslack660) April 28, 2021
AHS says these appointments will be re-booked as soon as possible, and only those affected by this change will be contacted.
“It’s important to note that provincially, we have never dipped below 88 per cent of surgical volume throughout the pandemic,” AHS said in a tweet.
AHS is concerned with the increasing number of cases both in the community, and in our healthcare facilities. We strongly urge Albertans to follow the public health restrictions, and in turn help us ensure the healthcare system is there when they need it.
— Alberta Health Services (@AHS_media) April 28, 2021