Surgery Wait Times Down Across Province
Health regions across the province are sitting in good position to meet their target of all surgeries being performed in three months or less as they move into year four of their Surgical Initiative.
The three year progress report was released yesterday, and Mark Wyatt, executive director of the surgical initiative explained where the province is in the initiative to date.
“Looking at the improvements that are being made in wait times during those three years,” Wyatt said, “we’ve seen excellent progress when we look right across the province, 90% of the patients who had surgery recently had their surgery within that six month goal.”
Wyatt added, the Cypress Health Region has been one of the leaders in the Initiative over the past three years.
“Cypress has never had extremely long wait times in the same sense that some of the larger health regions have, Cypress has been able to achieve the six month target, and they’re very well positioned to meet the three month target a year from now.”
On that note, he also noted, most other regions in the province are also sitting in a good position to achieve their target, however with one region experiencing a backlog of surgeries in the past months, they likely will not be in a position to catch up.
“We’re optimistic with 9/10 regions, but looking at where the Regina Health Region is right now, we don’t expect they will meet the three month target in a years time, we do fully expect them to meet that target, it may just take an additional year.”
Wyatt added the past three years of the initiative has helped to alleviate the uncertainties, scheduling conflicts, and distress brought by lengthy wait times for patients.
For more information, and a copy of the progress report you can visit sasksurgery.ca.
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