Anesthetist en route to Prince County Hospital

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SUMMERSIDE - Surgery wait times are about to get shorter at Prince County Hospital, with a new anesthetist slated to begin work this summer.

Dr. Andrew Roberts will begin his duties in early July, after he finishes his residency at the University of Ottawa, where he has served as the chief resident of the anesthesia group.

Roberts, who has Island roots, said P.E.I. is a familiar and ideal location for his young family.

“Working in Prince Edward Island affords me a balance between my work life and personal life which in turn will allow me to be a better caretaker of my patients and ambassador for the profession.”

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown also has a new anesthetist, with the arrival of Dr. Mohamed Hassan last week.

Hassan, also from the University of Ottawa, has previously worked in Truro, N.S., and Waterloo, Ont.

“Health PEI is excited to welcome doctors Hassan and Roberts to our hospitals,” said Dr. Richard Wedge, interim CEO of Health PEI. “The addition of their skills, experiences and expertise will enhance the efforts of our dedicated team of health care providers.”

Health Minister Doug Currie said the addition of the two doctors will help to alleviate wait times and increase the level of care Islanders receive, something he said the provincial government is dedicated to improving.

“The Province of Prince Edward Island is committed to building a stronger, more accessible, health care system,” Currie said. “To achieve this goal, we are continuously seeking out qualified health care professionals to meet our recruiting needs.”

Organizations: Prince County Hospital, University of Ottawa, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Truro

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