Alberta to cut surgeries up to 30 per cent in Edmonton, Calgary, North zones

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EDMONTON — Alberta Health Services says it will reduce scheduled surgical activity up to 30 per cent in the Edmonton, Calgary and North zones due to rising COVID-19 case numbers.

The province says it will also reduce some non-urgent procedures and ambulatory appointments.

It says in a series of posts on Twitter that these services will be reduced over the next two weeks and they will be rebooked as soon as possible.

Alberta Health Services says the changes will allow hospitals to expand inpatient beds if necessary and create more capacity for COVID-19 cases requiring hospitalization.

It says it currently has adequate capacity for both hospitalized and intensive care unit patients but can ramp up the number of ICU spaces if demand increases.

The government says it is concerned about the increasing number of cases in the community and in health-care facilities and is urging people to follow public health restrictions.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says there are 20,721 active cases of COVID-19 in the province — the second-highest total since the pandemic began.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 27, 2021

Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press