GBHS continues to receive feedback on options for ensuring a sustainable elective day surgery program.
Since the end of February, Grey Bruce Health Services has been consulting internally with staff and physicians, and externally with stakeholders and the public on the potential for consolidating the elective day surgery program into the Owen Sound Regional Hospital. Currently, elective day surgeries are offered at the Meaford, Southampton and Markdale hospitals, in addition to the Owen Sound hospital.
There was a final public information session last night in Markdale.
The GBHS Board of Directors had asked for a report on the community consultations regarding potential changes to the elective day surgery program. A number of suggestions, comments and considerations have come forward during the engagement sessions, and staff will be presenting a summary of that feedback to the Board in May. Staff was originally planning to present a report to the Board at the end of this month.
"Our goal is to ensure we have an elective day surgery program that meets the needs of patients and our communities, and is sustainable well into the future," said Lance Thurston, President and CEO of GBHS. "We've heard from many stakeholders, and we want to ensure we consider the merits of all the ideas that have come forward before presenting our final report to the Board for their consideration."
A dedicated phone line and email are available for sharing comments on the potential consolidation of surgical services:
Background information on the elective day surgery program, and GBHS's initiatives to balance its budget, are available at www.gbhs.on.ca.
source: media release, Grey Bruce Health Services