Cancer surgeries in Alberta are now at nearly 115 per cent of pre-pandemic volumes, with an increased number completed within clinically recommended time.
As part of Alberta’s Surgical Initiative, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services (AHS) have been increasing surgical capacity in hospitals and the number of surgeries at chartered surgical facilities. Main operating room surgical suite hours have been increased at hospitals, which is steadily reducing the surgical wait-list. AHS is performing an additional 30,000 ophthalmology procedures and 6,000 orthopedic procedures this fiscal year through new contracts with chartered surgical facilities. This is in addition to providing quicker access to urology, orthopedic and ophthalmology surgeries by implementing a central access and intake model called the Alberta facilitated access to specialized treatment program.
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