Children’s Hospital in London, Ont., cancels surgeries due to high occupancy – CBC

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Nov 22, 2022

Children’s Hospital in London, Ont. has announced it’s cancelling surgeries because the occupancy level for inpatient beds has reached 115 per cent, greater than at any time during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hospital — a part of the London Health Sciences Centre — also reports daily visits to its emergency department are 80 per cent higher than normal, with wait times averaging six to eight hours.

“This is an extremely difficult decision and one that I wish we didn’t have to make,” said Nash Syed, president of Children’s Hospital.

The decision to cancel surgeries is necessary to ensure the hospital’s teams are able to meet critical care and emergency needs, he added.

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