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AHS urges patience as elective, non-urgent surgeries resume

from Calgary Herald

Alberta Health Services is using a new system to reschedule non-urgent and elective surgeries delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. AHS vice-president Mark Joffe said the province anticipates returning to 70 to 80 per cent of its regular outpatient surgical volume in the next six weeks, after announcing May 4 that more surgeries would resume. Alberta has been operating around 40 per cent of typical capacity since March 18, when all the province’s elective surgeries were postponed to ensure Alberta would have enough free hospital beds to weather the novel coronavirus outbreak. more

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