Elective orthopedic surgeries at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) have been cancelled for the second time in a week as the facility struggles with doctor shortages.
Four operating rooms in the Orthopedic Surgery Centre will close for four days starting Tuesday, cancelling 83 surgeries, because of “challenges related to securing in-house physician coverage,” Alberta Health Services (AHS) said in a series of tweets Wednesday.
This is in addition to closures announced last week from Aug. 24 to 27. The two closures mean a total of 136 surgeries have to be postponed.
“All affected patients have been notified and are being re-scheduled as soon as possible. Surgeries at the OSC will resume with regular coverage on Saturday, September 4, 2021,” AHS said in a tweet.
“There are no impacts to the main operating room and emergency orthopedic activity will continue as required.”
Health-care workers have been raising the alarm for months as Alberta hospitals are under pressure with staffing shortages and bed closures.