MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release:
February 19, 2009

LHSC promoting increased transparency and accountability

Hospital first in province to provide detailed and daily Emergency Department wait times information

(LONDON, Ontario) – LHSC is pleased to announce that it is the first Ontario hospital to publicly make available detailed and daily information regarding Emergency Department wait times.

ED wait times data for the University Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Children’s Hospital Emergency Departments will be reported and posted daily on LHSC’s Accountability website at: http://www.lhsc.on.ca/About_Us/Accountability/Caring_for_our_Patients/Wait_Times/ED and will include:

  • Average length of time for patients who are treated and discharged (in hours)
  • Average length of time for patients who require admission to the hospital for further care (in hours)
  • Number of patients seen in the emergency departments

“The provision of daily ED wait time information to the public, and information on what LHSC is doing to address wait times, further demonstrates LHSC’s commitment to accountability and transparency and our commitment to patient safety and care,” says Cliff Nordal, President and Chief Executive Officer.

LHSC has also been providing monthly ED wait time data to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) as part of the expansion of the Ministry’s Wait Times Information Strategy.

 

About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for over 130 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Children’s Hospital, two family medical centres, and Lawson Health Research Institute - a joint research initiative with St Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 30 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s 10,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca

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For more information contact:

Rachelle Wood
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 77642
Rachelle.Wood@lhsc.on.ca

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