October 27, 2017
On October 23, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced funding for an additional 2,000 beds and spaces across Ontario in the face of a potentially hard-hitting flu season. The funding will support a mix of permanent and surge capacities in a variety of acute, transitional and long-term care facilities.
Yesterday, John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care came to LHSC’s Victoria Hospital to speak about the local allocation of beds in London.
LHSC will receive funding for 10 beds at University Hospital, 14 beds at Victoria Hospital, and funding for 24 dedicated Mental Health beds.
St. Joseph’s Health Care London is receiving funding for six beds. Five Transitional Care Spaces for Mental Health and a Transitional Care Team are allocated to the Community Partnership Initiative between the LHIN, LHSC, St. Joseph’s Health Care London and Canadian Mental Health Association – Middlesex. There are also 43 beds/spaces that can be allocated based on need by the SW LHIN.
“London Health Sciences Centre welcomes the additional investment in health care. Providing both high-quality and timely access to care is our top priority at LHSC,” says President and CEO Murray Glendining. “The increased bed funding announced today will help make a positive difference to our patients in both aspects.”
While details regarding the actual dollar amount, and which beds may be surge or permanent, are still to be officially disclosed by the Ministry, the impact of these resources should be readily seen in LHSC’s Emergency Departments (EDs).
As we have experienced, when admitted patients remain in the ED waiting for a bed in the hospital, it affects the ED’s ability to care for newly arriving patients. The extra patient volume experienced during an active flu season adds to this challenge. The funding for extra beds will help ease that congestion.
Likewise, the additional Mental Health beds will assist in serving more patients in our community with the goal of patients being in the right place at the right time to receive the right care they need.