Here's a modest victory for supporters of public health care. The Ministry of Health and LTC announced that London Health Sciences Centre will operate 21 new short-stay beds. Another 23 hospital will also get such beds.
The short-stay beds will be located in hospital in-patient wards and only patients admitted through the ER will have access to these beds – where they may stay up to 72 hours before being discharged or transferred to another unit in the hospital. The beds are designed to help improve the flow in ERs.
The Ministry adds the following:
- Short-stay beds have been introduced in response to the work of Dr. David Walker, Provincial Lead, Alternate Level of Care (ALC), who is helping to ensure that ALC patients receive care in the right setting.
- Across the province, 221 beds in 24 hospitals will be funded as part of the short-stay program.