Endoscopy services up and running at Yellowknife’s new Stanton Territorial Hospital

Stanton Territorial Hospital. (John McFadden/CKLB photo)

Endoscopy services, which were closed as part of the move to the new Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife and further delayed in reopening do to staffing challenges, will resume immediately.

According to a new release issued Thursday by the department of health and social services – Endoscopy services will resume in a phased approach, with patients who have had their endoscopy procedures referred out and accepted at other sites in Inuvik or Edmonton continuing with those referred appointments.

Stanton will be undertaking endoscopic procedures that are most appropriate – based on the regular triage process.

Some endoscopy procedures will continue to be referred to Alberta, as was the case before the closure.

Patients will be contacted in phases as appointments become available, noting that this is the first time endoscopy services will be provided in the new hospital so service volumes will ramp up over time.

The service resumption has been made possible by a mix of locum nursing resources and the training of nursing staff who work at Stanton to ensure they have the specialized skills required to deliver this service.

Further staff training is ongoing to add capacity to the program as service volumes ramp up.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.