Health PEI is transferring Island patients recovering from surgery in Halifax, back to P.E.I. in anticipation of a massive nursing strike. 

The possible strike of registered nurses within Capital Health, the health authority responsible for the Queen Elizabeth II and other Halifax-area hospitals, is anticipated for April 3.

Health PEI is also re-assessing patients in P.E.I. to see who might be discharged from hospital to make room for the patients coming back.

Dr. Richard Wedge, Health PEI's chief executive officer, said Halifax does supply a number of their critical surgeries including cardio-vascular surgery, neurosurgery, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery and transplant surgery.
“It will affect Health PEI and it will slow down, or increase, the wait list for Islanders receiving those services,” said Wedge.

He said he anticipates some Islanders with elective surgeries scheduled in Halifax will soon receive notices their surgeries have been cancelled or postponed and those requiring emergency surgery will be sent to New Brunswick. 

Wedge said Health PEI is in close contact with Capital Health.