01/11/2013 02:47 EST | Updated 03/13/2013 05:12 EDT

Overcrowding forces to Regina health region to postpone more surgeries

REGINA - More surgeries are being cancelled at hospitals in Regina because of overcrowding.

The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region says it is postponing eight elective surgeries scheduled for Monday to Wednesday of next week.

The region warns postponement of a number of endoscopies, and interventional procedures, may also be required.

The latest move comes after the region announced Wednesday that it was postponing 19 elective surgeries and 23 endoscopies this week because of overcrowding.

The Regina General Hospital has been close to 130 per cent capacity, while the city's second hospital, the Pasqua, has been near 110 per cent capacity.

The region says it's taking a number of actions, such as timely discharges and bed management, to deal with the situation.