Horizon Health Network will be using operating rooms in Fredericton, Moncton, Miramichi and Saint John on Saturdays to perform surgical “blitzes” to reduce the growing wait list for orthopedic surgeries.
The goal is to perform between 12 and 16 surgeries, which is the number normally done over the course of one month, each Saturday in addition to the surgeries normally performed during the week.
Health Minister Bruce Fitch likened the process to race car pit stops while speaking to reporters on Thursday.
“There’s a group of coordinated health-care workers who will go in and do the operation, turn the room over very quickly and have another patient,” he said.
During a press conference on Thursday, Horizon Health Interim President and CEO Margaret Melanson said the project would be staffed by current employees through voluntary overtime.