Perth-Smith Falls Hospital cancels surgeries as ERs back up

The Ontario government reports that it is focused on moving patients out of hospitals -- and into the community.  But this is not going well at the Perth Smith Falls District Hospital.

The Hospital has designated thirty percent of its patients as "ALC" -- that is, it wants them out. But government organizations charged with this responsibility (the CCAC and LHIN) have not been able to achieve this so far.

The result? On one day recently there were 16 patients awaiting admission from the Emergency Departments. Further, some patients who were scheduled for elective surgery unfortunately had their surgeries cancelled and rescheduled due to a lack of available beds.

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