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Northern Health Region unable to perform surgeries requiring anesthesia

Posted: Friday, September 8, 2017. 9:14 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Health advises the public of an ongoing situation in the Northern Health Region with medical equipment maintenance and upgrades in relation to the operating rooms.  The situation has affected the region’s ability to perform surgeries requiring anesthesia.  As a result, all surgery related cases are being referred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority (KHMHA).

The Ministry says that it  has been working to vigorously try to correct the situation in the least amount of time and they expect a resolution before the start of this long holiday weekend.

Management from the Northern Health Region along with management from KHMHA are in communication to ensure the least disruption in the care of patients being transferred and received at the KHMHA.

The release states that the Ministry acknowledge that this overload in extraordinary referrals to the KHMHA will affect their daily operations capacity as the national referral hospital and as the regional hospital for the central health region.

According to the Ministry, other regional teams are also being asked to ensure adequate coverage, particularly over this coming weekend, so that KHMHA is able to adequately cater to the expected patient load which is usually associated with carnival and september celebrations.

The Ministry thanks the staff of the KHMHA who continue to perform above and beyond the call of duty as the national referral hospital and in response to this particular situation.

The KHMHA will continue to function normally unless the situation changes leading to the possible suspension of some of the services.

The Ministry says that  is working vigorously to address these issues so as to return the Northern Health Region to full functioning capacity.

They are asking for the public’s kind cooperation and understanding during this time.

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