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Island Health in final negotiations with private company for surgery services

Island Health says it’s finalizing a contract with Surgical Centres Inc, after searching for a private company to do day surgeries and colonoscopies.

Suzanne Germain with Island Health says they want to have a new surgical facility up and running in the Greater Victoria area first, because that’s where operating rooms are busiest.

They also want the company to serve central Vancouver Island, and Germain says they’ll be negotiating the details of the contract over the next couple of weeks.  She says they’re hoping the company can do as many as 3-thousand colonoscopies a year for central Island patients.

Norm Peters, Executive Director, Surgical Services and Heart Health at Island Health says, “By increasing the number of surgeries and colonoscopies we perform outside hospital, we can free up operating rooms for more complex cases and reduce wait times for both day and inpatient surgery.”

Surgical Centres also has a facility in Nanaimo, which has been doing operations for Island Health since 2004.

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