SARNIA & PETROLIA – December 29, 2021 – With the increase in COVID-19 cases in our community and hospital, Bluewater Health is implementing changes to our normal operations. The increased demand on our ICU and medicine units has resulted in some staff redeployments within the hospital, which will result in delays to select non-urgent surgeries and procedures. These changes go into effect Wednesday, December 29, 2021, and will be re-assessed weekly.
Starting Dec 29th, Bluewater Health will only be completing urgent/emergent surgeries, as well as oncology-related surgical procedures. Non-urgent surgical cases which require in-patient hospital admissions will be delayed. Bluewater Health will continue to complete the scheduled outpatient surgical cases booked for this week.
“We continue to adjust and adapt as needed to respond to conditions in our community with as little interruption to our services and programs as possible,” said Dr. Mike Haddad, Chief of Staff. “We are mindful of the impact these changes have on those we serve and don’t make these decisions lightly. We will be reassessing the situation weekly.”
Surgeries and Procedures
Patients whose surgical procedure is affected will be notified by their specialist to cancel or reschedule their appointment. The Pat Mailloux Eye Centre in Petrolia remains open, but cataract surgeries have been cancelled for the month of January.
“While we cannot predict how long these changes will need to be in place or if other reductions will be needed, we will continue to coordinate with our local partners and health providers to minimize any patient backlog,” continued Haddad. “We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding as we navigate this new wave of COVID-19.”
About Bluewater Health
Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, cares for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With close to 2,500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied health and ambulatory care services. Bluewater Health’s Mission is: We create exemplary healthcare experiences with patients and families every time. For more information about Bluewater Health, visit www.bluewaterhealth.ca or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.