With the growing number of hospitals related to Kovid-19, the Center Hospitalier University (CHU) de Quebec on Sunday implemented its contingency plan, which resulted in nearly 300 surgeries being postponed per week.
CHU said in a statement that surgeries and medical appointments would be postponed until January 5. The establishment decided to carry out load shedding due to the growing number of hospitals in relation to COVID-19, but also as a “room limited to maneuver in terms of maneuver”.
CHU’s operating room operations are reduced by 56%, with approximately 300 surgeries postponed each week. In the case of outpatient care, 50% of the appointments made may be postponed or managed by telemedicine. “It refers to approximately 10,000 consultations or treatments, which can be postponed for a week or converted to telemedicine,” CHU de Quebec said in a press release.
The health care establishment states that the patient priority process is in place. That is, each person’s file is examined to determine the effect of the additional delay on their health status. The CHU assured that “cases considered to be of priority will be taken care of as necessary”.
All patients whose surgery or medical appointment is postponed will be contacted by phone.
“The current health situation is forcing us to make difficult decisions and I want to reassure the population on our priority. [est] To maintain the best possible access to care, ”said CHU President and CEO Martin Beaumont in a press release.
Patients whose surgery or medical appointment has been postponed and whose condition has deteriorated may consult their key worker, their family physician, or go to the walk-in clinic or emergency room, CHU de Québec said. They can also contact the CHU telephone line reserved for them during the week 418 649-5654 from 8 am to 4 pm.