Ontario hospitals have been instructed to postpone elective surgeries and non-urgent outpatient services in order to ensure critical care and hospital (inpatient) beds and resources are available for the most severely ill patients. Virtual consultations for certain services will be used where possible. We understand that the decision to temporarily reduce non-urgent surgical and some non-urgent ambulatory services is very difficult for patients, families and health care teams.
We are continuously monitoring and evaluating this situation and will provide updates as necessary. Affected patients, physicians and staff have been notified regarding surgeries and will always be notified in advance of appointment changes.
Thank you for your understanding and we will continue to take all efforts to keep patients safe and meet the community’s needs while we respond to this rapidly changing pandemic.