SLMHC Ramping Down Non-Emergent Surgeries, Procedures

Last week, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a revised directive and advised that all hospitals, including those in the northern health region of the province, pause all non-emergent and non-urgent surgeries and procedures.  Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) is following this directive and is pausing non-urgent surgeries/procedures.

“This decision was made to help create and ensure bed capacity in the entire provincial health system, especially as wave three of the pandemic continues to place a significant strain on many health care facilities across Ontario,” says Heather Lee, President and CEO of SLMHC, who adds that emergent and urgent surgeries will continue at this time.

A review of all booked non-urgent/non-emergent surgeries and procedures, in accordance with ministry decision-making guidelines, has been completed by our clinicians.  Anyone who is affected will be contacted by one of our surgical booking team members.

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our region, SLMHC is reminding those looking for COVID-19 testing to contact the Assessment Centre at 737-5880 to book an appointment. The Assessment Centre is receiving a high volume of calls so SLMHC reminds the public to leave their name and phone number so staff can call individuals back to book appointments.

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