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Surgical Program

Surgery programThe Surgical Services Program is one of five region-wide clinical programs Northern Health has established to help us deliver our promise of high-quality services for the people we serve. 

The Surgical Services Program is made up of a team of health care professionals from across the north. The team is co-led by Executive Lead, Shelley Hatcher, and Medical Lead, Dr. Guy Paterson.

It’s also supported by a multidisciplinary guidance council of experts with links to researchers. The council also addresses issues associated with education, skill development and professional practise.

The Surgical Program's purpose statement is:

"High quality, patient centered surgical care within a sustainable health system for residents of northern British Columbia"

The  Surgical Program focus is on two areas of care: 

    •   Perioperative (before, during and after surgery); and

    •   Inpatient Surgical.

Current data indicates Northern Health has:

    •   Ten hospitals with operating room facilities delivering varying types of surgery

    •   Surgeries performed include general surgery, orthopedics, gynecology, plastic surgery, urological, ophthalmology and ears, nose and throat surgery

Surgical team in op room

The Surgical Program’s goals are to develop strategies to enhance flow and timely access throughout every patient's surgical journey.Surgical Services is for patients, families and health care providers who want information on preparing for and recovering from surgery at a Northern Health facility. Read more about your cataract surgery-lens replacement surgery.



Executive Lead:
Shelley Hatcher