Bluewater Health Ramping Down, Postponing Some Surgeries Starting April 12

Friday, April 9, 2021 - 3:44pm

Hospital supporting provincial healthcare capacity

SARNIA & PETROLIA – April 9, 2020 – Bluewater Health is ramping down and postponing some surgical cases beginning on Monday, April 12, amid extreme pressure on critical care capacity across the province. This comes in response to direction from Ontario Health.

Patients scheduled for a surgical procedure will be called directly by their care provider starting today, only if their procedure will be deferred or cancelled. Decisions regarding urgency of each case and whether the procedure will be deferred will be made by each patient’s clinical team and will be based on individual circumstances. Patients are encouraged not to call the hospital or their surgeon. Surgeries will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

“We are deeply disappointed that the current situation requires hospitals to take these emergency measures to protect capacity for life-saving critical care,” said Mike Lapaine, President  & CEO. “We understand the impact postponing surgeries has on patients, families and caregivers, and we want to assure patients that their health and well-being are our top priority. We’re committed to resuming all surgical care as soon as it is safe to do so and we appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we implement these difficult and complex changes.”

Right now, Bluewater Health has capacity in its Intensive Care Unit and has a plan to take a stepped approach to increase critical care capacity, as needed. To ensure patients across the province receive the life-saving care they need, hospitals in harder-hit areas of Ontario are transferring patients to hospitals with critical care capacity, which includes Bluewater Health. The province’s goal is to preserve critical care and human resource capacity across the system.


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 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

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