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Sault Area Hospital surgeries ‘going full force’ as Ontario fends off COVID-19 variants

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A doctor in Sault Ste. Marie says surgeries are still moving ahead as scheduled, even thought some northern Ontario hospitals have had to reduce the number of surgeries due to COVID-19 patients.

Hospital will continue doing surgeries unless space is needed, doctor says

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(Sault Area Hospital)

A doctor in Sault Ste. Marie says surgeries are still moving ahead as scheduled, even thought some northern Ontario hospitals have had to reduce the number of surgeries due to COVID-19 patients.

Last month, Health Sciences North in Sudbury announced it was reducing surgeries by 80 per cent.

Dr. Graham Elder, chief of orthopedic surgery at the Sault Area Hospital, says a shutdown last year cancelled many surgeries.

“I would say at the moment, we’re pretty close to where we were prior to the onset of the pandemic. Maybe not quite caught up, but pretty close.”

Elder says the hospital will continue doing surgeries unless space is needed.

“I think we’re going full force until it’s very obvious that we have to make room in the hospital for sick patients. So elective surgeries are ongoing, day surgeries are ongoing.”

There are currently no patients with COVID-19 admitted at the Sault Area Hospital.

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With files from Markus Schwabe and Martha Dillman

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