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Dr. Penny Ballem, Jim Sinclair, Tim Manning, and Eric Harris: Every British Columbian has a role in surgery renewal (PHC)

Vancouver General Hospital saw elective surgeries postponed across B.C. when COVID-19 hit. Postponed surgeries resumed on May 18 (Photo credit: Vancouver Sun)

On March 16, to ensure B.C. hospitals had the capacity to respond to COVID-19, and to continue to provide urgent scheduled and emergency surgeries, non-urgent scheduled surgeries were postponed across B.C. This meant that approximately 30,000 surgeries were postponed or not scheduled by all B.C. health authorities.

Two months later, on May 18, B.C.’s health authorities and organizations — including Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Fraser Health (FH), the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), and Providence Health Care (PHC) — resumed the provision of scheduled surgeries. That is a key early step in providing the thousands of surgeries that were postponed or that had not been scheduled.

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