BROCKVILLE – Relief is on the way for patients waiting for cataract surgery at Brockville General Hospital, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark announced today.
Clark said the hospital has received $156,000 from the South East LHIN that will allow an additional 300 routine cataract surgeries to be performed between now and March 31, 2019.
“The unacceptable wait list for cataract surgeries was one of the most urgent health-care issues facing our riding and something I heard about on a regular basis from patients and physicians. Patients were waiting an average of 280 days, which was having an impact on their quality of life, including affecting their ability to keep their driver’s license,” said Clark.
“I’m so pleased that we have been able to secure this funding, which will make a difference in reducing the wait list,” added Clark. “More importantly, this additional funding will bring peace of mind to the patients who were concerned their condition could worsen while they waited for the procedure.”
“Given the unique needs of our community, we have been closely monitoring cataract surgery wait times. Today’s announcement will provide relief to many of our patients waiting for this surgery,” said Nick Vlacholias, BGH’s President and CEO. “Our clinical teams will be working diligently to ensure we maximize this opportunity before the March 31 deadline, and I am optimistic that this will reduce our overall wait times. Thank you to MPP Steve Clark, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the South East Local Health Integration Network for their commitment to health care for residents across Leeds and Grenville.”
Clark credited the government and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Christine Elliott for recognizing the urgency of the situation.
“Our Government For the People was elected on a promise to improve public health care for patients and to redirect funding to frontline services. Securing these 300 additional procedures is another sign of our government’s commitment to build a health-care system that works for the people of Ontario,” said Clark.