Norfolk General Hospital to begin gradually resuming non-urgent surgeries, outpatient appointments

Norfolk General Hospital (NGH) has begun a safe, gradual resumption of non-urgent surgeries and procedures, as new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions continue a steady downward trend across Ontario.

The gradual and cautious resumption of non-urgent surgical activity at NGH follows the provincial lifting of Directive #2, which instructed hospitals to pause non-urgent surgical procedures in response to growing COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations across the province to ensure critical care capacity and human resources were available to care for hospitalized patients.

NGH’s initial focus during the ramp-up will be on resuming non-urgent day surgeries and procedures such as cataract surgeries, that don’t require an inpatient bed for recovery.

This is to ensure our hospital can continue to respond to a potential increase in COVID patients, as well as meet the needs of those patients who remain in hospital.

Physicians and surgeons’ offices have begun contacting patients whose procedures were delayed to advise them of new surgery dates.

Anyone with an appointment or surgery at NGH should attend their appointment as scheduled.

Those with questions about their appointment are encouraged to call ahead to the corresponding department.

Earlier in February, outpatient clinics and Diagnostic Imaging appointments at NGH resumed at a greater capacity.

We would like to sincerely thank our patients and clients for their continued patience and understanding during these challenging times.