LETHBRIDGE - The newly renovated day procedures area in Chinook Regional Hospital will provide immediate benefits to the community and free up capacity in other areas of the hospital.
The 2 year renovation, which is part of the hospitals $128-million redevelopment, nearly doubles the units space to more than 1,100 square meters, creates larger treatment spaces, adds two endoscopy rooms, and increases the number of recovery spaces from 13 to 18.
Procedures such as pacemaker implants, bronchoscopy, and endoscopies that were previously done in other areas of the hospital are now being done in the day procedures unit.
Endoscopy Coordinator Corrie Forbes says the new space provides "more privacy for the patients and waiting times will decrease over the next year. It's a matter of getting enough surgeon running so that we're up to our room capacity."
About 12,000 procedures are performed every year on the unit. With the larger surgical space, this will also allow for greater flexibility in scheduling procedures.
The hospital redevelopment project is expected to be complete in 2017.