According to July 2013 figures from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Health Sciences North has made great progress in reducing wait times for key surgical and diagnostic imaging procedures:
-75 per cent of cataract surgeries performed within the 182 day target.
-79 per cent of hip replacements performed within the 182 day target.
-45 per cent of knee replacements performed within the 182 day target.
-29 per cent of non-urgent MRIs performed within the 28 day target.
-78 per cent of CT scans performed within the 28 day target.
-88 per cent of general surgeries performed within the 182 day target.
“Overall, wait times for surgeries and diagnostic tests are getting shorter at Health Sciences North, resulting in patients spending less time waiting for treatment and being on the road to a quick recovery,” said Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci.
“Since 2005, our government has dedicated funding to reduce wait times for surgical and diagnostic imaging procedures.
“Thanks to these investments and the consistent year-over-year efforts at the local level, we have increased access to timely procedures and will continue to do so to ensure better health outcomes for patients across Ontario.”
"Wait times are one of the most talked-about issues in health care today," said Dr. Denis Roy, HSN president and CEO.
"As providers, we owe it to our patients to explore every avenue possible to make sure they get the care they need without undue delay."
“Northerners repeatedly tell the North East LHIN that they want quicker access to quality care closer to where they live,” said Martha Auchinleck, North East LHIN senior director.
“We continue to work with all northeastern Ontario hospitals, including HSN, to respond to northern voices.”