Surgical Renewal

The work to resume surgeries has started, and we will be working to the following target timeline for surgical renewal:

  • May 7-15: Patient outreach, pre-operative screening and implementation planning;
  • May 18: Surgical services begin, increasing capacity over four weeks to near normal pre-COVID levels;
  • May 31: All private contracted facilities working at maximum available capacity;
  • June: Begin recruitment and training of new staff;
  • June 15: All existing operating rooms running at full available capacity;
  • June 15 – October 15: Incrementally bringing on additional capacity through:
    • extending daily hours of operation;
    • adding Saturdays and Sundays to the schedule; and,
    • opening new operating rooms where available.
  • July: Ministry of Health’s first monthly public progress report on surgical renewal; and,
  • July – August: Optimize full capacity over the summer period.

To view the entire plan: A Commitment to Surgical Renewal in BC