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The province’s hospitals, with exception of those in Northern Ontario, have been directed by Ontario Health to ramp down all non-emergency, scheduled surgeries, procedures and other non-urgent activities, effective Monday April 12th.

The measure comes as COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations continue to increase at an alarming rate, putting extreme pressure on hospitals. The order is designed to preserve critical care bed capacity and ensure hospitals have enough staff to safely care for patients, particularly those requiring intensive care.

RVH will continue to perform emergency and urgent surgeries and procedures, such as trauma, cancer and vascular procedures however, to comply with the order:

  • All non-urgent surgical and endoscopic procedures will be cancelled and rescheduled at a later date.
  • Virtual visits will continue to be offered for many exams and assessments, including cardiac, mental health and cancer.

Patients will be notified directly if this ramp down impacts their surgery, procedure or clinic appointment. Only those patients whose appointments are cancelled will be notified. If you do not receive a call, your surgery/appointment will proceed and closer to the date, you will receive instructions to prepare and what to do upon arrival.