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‘Capacity pressures’ postpone elective surgeries at Vernon hospital

Interior Health confirms 10 procedures were postponed this week
Ten elective surgeries had to be postponed at Vernon Jubilee Hospital this week, Interior Health confirmed Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. (Morning Star file photo)

Capacity pressures at Vernon Jubilee Hospital have led to a number of postponed elective surgeries this week.

While most elective surgeries have gone ahead at the hospital this week, Interior Health confirmed that 10 procedures had to be rescheduled.

“This was not a result of staffing, but of capacity pressures that limited our ability to admit some surgical patients,” an Interior Health spokesperson said in an email.

“We understand the challenges that patients and their families face when surgeries need to be postponed, and our goal is to minimize such disruptions wherever possible. The decision to postpone a surgery involves careful consideration of various factors, with a focus on each patient’s individual circumstances and the overall system resources available.”

The spokesperson said if a surgery needs to be postponed, the health authority works with the patients and their families to minimize delays, ensure continuity of care and “prioritize the rescheduling of these procedures if we do need to postpone them.”

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Brendan Shykora

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I started as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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