June 12, 2005

James Bullbrook
Communications Consultant
519-685-8500, ext. 75532

South Street Hospital Transfer Complete

(London, Ontario) - At 2:15 pm this afternoon, 45 minutes ahead of schedule, the last patient identified for transfer from South Street Hospital arrived at Victoria Hospital.

One hundred and forty patients in total have relocated today in the largest hospital-based transfer of programs in London in over twenty years. In total, LHSC transferred five emergency patients, 24 critical care patients, 48 medicine/respirology patients, 48 surgical patients and 15 cardiology patients. In addition, five critical care patients transferred Saturday night, bringing the total number patients who have moved from South Street to Victoria Hospital to 145. All moves occurred without incident. We have also transferred over three hundred trucks of medical equipment and supplies beginning last Monday, including 50 today.

"Countless hours of planning and preparation have been necessary to enable this day to be such a success," said Tony Dagnone, President and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre. "To our staff, physicians and volunteers, thank you for your dedication. To our patients and their families - thank you for your patience and understanding as we have had to inconvenience you with today's move."

As of today, London has two Emergency Departments:

LHSC University Hospital
339 Windermere Road (at Perth Drive)
London, Ontario N6A 5A5

LHSC new Victoria Hospital
Adult and Children's Emergency
800 Commissioners Road East (at Wellington Road)
London, Ontario N6A 4G5

South Street Hospital will remain a hub of activity, with programs such as Acute Mental Health, Dialysis, Ambulatory Clinics, Nuclear Medicine, Sleep Lab, Research, offices and administration. It will remain in operation until Milestone II, expected in 2008.

As always, if you have a medical emergency call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Department.