Winnipeg’s new urology center could dramatically reduce wait times for procedures: Health Sciences Center
New center focused on treating problems like bladder cancer and kidney stones will provide care to thousands of Manitobans each year when it opens and is expected to dramatically reduce wait times for some procedures, according to the center health sciences.
The HSC Foundation and the Government of Manitoba announced construction plans for the Manitoba Urological Center, which is expected to open by the end of 2023, in a press release on Wednesday.
The urology center will provide care to up to 10,000 patients per year who need kidney stone removal, treatment for certain types of bladder cancer, and transurethral resection of the prostate ( TURP) – urologic surgery to remove parts of the prostate – among other conditions, the statement said.
Wait times for many procedures, which currently stretch for up to a year, are expected to drop to weeks or days once the center opens, according to the HSC Foundation.
Patients in rural and northern areas should also be able to receive their diagnosis and the required procedure the same day once the center is operational.
Patients in rural and remote areas often have to make multiple trips over the course of the months to get the comprehensive care they need, HSC urologist Dr Jeff Saranchuk said in the statement.
Other patients are in pain while waiting for kidney stones to be treated, he said.
“We will now have the ability to process people faster – sometimes within days – with the best technology available,” Saranchuk said in the statement.
Reduced wait times at the center are expected to lead to better patient outcomes by reducing the risk of future health complications.
Jonathon Lyon, CEO and Chairman of the HSC Foundation, says the urological center will help all Manitobans who depend on the Health Sciences Center for their care.
“When one of us is sick, no one wants to wait,” he said in a telephone interview with CBC News.
“You want to be diagnosed quickly and treated quickly so that you can ideally return home to your loved ones and continue with your life as you have lived before.”
As many procedures are expected to be moved from the operating rooms to the new center, space will be freed up elsewhere in the province’s health system for additional surgical capacity.
Lyon says the project is just a solution to the province’s current surgical backlog, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s a step in the right direction. It won’t solve all the problems, but it helps by taking part of it,” he said.
“In addition to providing faster care, [the centre is] is also going to have the added benefit of helping to resolve the surgical waitlist issues we’ll have to come out of COVID. “
The center will be housed in the CSS Notre-Dame Pavilion – formerly known as the Women’s Pavilion – on Notre-Dame Avenue. The costs of construction and the acquisition of equipment will be financed by the HSC Foundation and its donors. The province, through Shared Health, will pay for the centre’s ongoing operating costs.
The current urology space, located in the main building of the HSC hospital, will be redeveloped for other high priority acute care needs, the HSC Foundation said.