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Eight additional beds opening at Ross Memorial Hospital

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Province announced today that The Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay will be one of a number of Ontario facilities to open additional beds.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at Sinai Health System today to announce the investment, which includes making more than 1,200 additional hospital beds available across Ontario. The Ross Memorial Hospital will open 8 new beds and Peterborough Regional Health Centre is set to add 20 new beds.

“Our government is taking action to ensure people across Ontario have access to the care they need, when and where they need it. By investing in hospitals, community care and home care, we are reducing wait times and improving access to health care services across our health system’s entire continuum of care.” said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

The announcement comes as many hospitals are already bursting at the seams and preparing for an annual increase in demand due to the approaching flu season. The measures will cost about  $140 million. This investment includes $100 million for hospitals to address increased demands for care, and $40 million for post-hospital and preventative care at home. “The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) appreciates the government’s leadership in moving swiftly to release this much-needed surge plan. These investments will improve the health system’s ability to serve patients this coming winter, especially during flu season. Given the extraordinary pressures currently facing Ontario’s health care system, it is imperative that hospitals, home and community service providers and government work together and do everything possible to ensure that Ontarians have appropriate access to health services.” Anthony Dale, CEO, Ontario Hospital Association says.

The province says they will also help patients continue to get the care they need as they transition from hospital to home by providing 207 affordable housing units for seniors who need additional community supports when they are discharged from hospital. Officials say they will be creating 503 transitional care spaces outside of hospital for up to 1,700 patients who don’t require care in a hospital. Sue VanderBent, CEO, Home Care Ontario says “As the voice of home care in Ontario, we applaud the government’s commitment to expanding access to care where people want it the most  in their own homes and communities. Home Care Ontario believes that these additional resources will not only increase the high-quality patient care people across Ontario want and deserve, but also recognizes the health care system is strongest when it is proactive, collaborative, and agile to improve the patient’s experience and the level of care.”
150 beds at Humber River Hospital’s former Finch site and 75 beds at University Health Network’s former Hillcrest site will be reopened to provide care for those transitioning out of hospital.

With the flu season approaching, the province is also encouraging people in Ontario to get the free flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against the most common flu viruses expected this season. The vaccine is available starting this week at health care provider offices, local public health units or at participating pharmacies across the province.

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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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