If you live on Vancouver Island and waiting for surgery, get ready for some long waits.
The Vancouver Island Health Authority is reporting as of November, 21-per cent of people waiting for hip replacements and 29-per cent waiting for knee replacements were waiting over 26 weeks for their surgery, a worsening of wait times over the year before.
It says operating room closures because of a lack of anesthesiologists is partly to blame along with increased demand for the surgeries. Only 59-per cent of elective surgeries were done within what's called the benchmark time frame.
And, 28-per cent of patients have been waiting longer than four months for cataract surgery, also considered too long.