WRHA prepping for health-care delivery changes

With sweeping changes on the horizon, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority further mapped out its heath-care delivery plan Tuesday.

Phase 1 of the province’s overhaul of the health system is slated to begin Oct. 3, and the WRHA says it is well-prepared for the first wave of change intended to improve quality and timeliness of patient care.

“Winnipeggers have been forced to endure some of the longest emergency wait times in Canada. Our city’s hospitals have fallen behind their counterparts when compared to the national average in other key measurements, such as length of hospital stay and access to diagnostics and specialty services,” Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen said in a news release.

“The current system has long been in need of changes to make it more effective and efficient.”

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With sweeping changes on the horizon, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority further mapped out its heath-care delivery plan Tuesday.

Phase 1 of the province’s overhaul of the health system is slated to begin Oct. 3, and the WRHA says it is well-prepared for the first wave of change intended to improve quality and timeliness of patient care.

“Winnipeggers have been forced to endure some of the longest emergency wait times in Canada. Our city’s hospitals have fallen behind their counterparts when compared to the national average in other key measurements, such as length of hospital stay and access to diagnostics and specialty services,” Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen said in a news release.

“The current system has long been in need of changes to make it more effective and efficient.”

According to the WRHA, Phase 1 includes:

  • Conversion of Victoria General Hospital’s emergency department to an urgent care centre
  • Closure of urgent care at Misericordia Health Centre
  • Accommodation to address additional volumes at St. Boniface Hospital, Grace Hospital and Health Sciences Centre emergency departments.

Other initiatives are underway to support the consolidation include:

  • Opening of clinical assessment units at St. Boniface and Grace, and the expansion of the existing clinical assessment unit at HSC
  • Redeployment of lab and diagnostic services
  • Opening of 65 new transitional-care beds for medically stable patients
  • Provision of intensive home care to patients as part of a new transitional home-care service (beginning in November)
  • Introduction of updated ambulance protocols
  • Shift of mature-women’s services from Victoria to Health Sciences Centre
  • Addition of critical-care beds at Grace
  • Moving geriatric-rehab patients from St. Boniface to Victoria

Opening of a special-needs behavioural unit at Deer Lodge Centre

Phase 2 changes affecting other sites across the region will begin in spring 2018, the WRHA says, and will include enhancements to emergency departments and improved treatment spaces for seniors, mental-health patients and the most seriously ill patients at city hospitals.

Phasing in the changes, rather them implementing them simultaneously system-wide, will permit monitoring of the implementation, allowing staff movements to take place in a gradual, orderly way, said Lori Lamont, WRHA vice-president and chief nursing and health professionals officer.

“This is a complex process, so a targeted roll-out permits us to plan for each step, assess the success of implementation and adjust as required,” said Lamont, adding the movement of staff to align with the changes is critical.

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