YELLOWKNIFE (July 18, 2019) – Endoscopy services, which were closed as part of the move to the new Stanton Territorial Hospital and further delayed in reopening do to staffing challenges, will resume immediately.
Endoscopy services will resume in a phased approach, with patients who have had their endoscopy procedures referred out and accepted at other sites in Inuvik or Edmonton continuing with those referred appointments. Stanton will be undertaking endoscopic procedures that are most appropriate based on the regular triage process. Some endoscopy procedures will continue to be referred to Alberta, as was the case before the closure.
Patients will be contacted in phases as appointments become available, noting that this is the first time endoscopy services will be provided in the new hospital so service volumes will ramp up over time.
The service resumption has been made possible by a mix of locum nursing resources and the training of nursing staff who work at Stanton to ensure they have the specialized skills required to deliver this service. Further staff training is ongoing to add capacity to the program as service volumes ramp up.
“We are pleased to be able to begin offering endoscopy services in our new hospital. We also recognize that our staff is our most valuable resource. Ensuring that we are able to recruit, retain, and increase staff capacity to provide quality care and services continues to be a major priority at the NWT Health and Social Services Authority.
-Sue Cullen, CEO of the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority.
- Endoscopy services were closed on June 28, 2019 due to staffing shortages. Endoscopy nurses require specialized training to deliver this service and since the closure the NTHSSA has been working to ensure appropriate training and staff resources to ensure the program can be delivered.
- Endoscopy services are also provided in Hay River and Inuvik, and in some cases patients are referred to Alberta depending on how urgent their need or the type of procedure required.
- Patients who require an endoscopy procedure will be followed up with as appointments become available, appointments will be allocated based on urgency of need as they always are.
Communications Coordinator, Intern
Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
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