The following update was circulated Friday Jan 25th from the London Health Sciences (LHSC) Incident Management Team to address ongoign bed access issues:
IMT updates can be found at: http://www.lhsc.on.ca/priv/action/imt/index.htm
1. Beds opening:
14 ALC beds opening at Parkwood Hospital
Parkwood Hospital is opening 14 temporary beds as a Home First transition strategy to help address LHSC alternate level of care (ALC) pressures in partnership with CCAC. The beds will be available from January 28 to March 31, 2013.
ALC Unit - Victoria Hospital - D6-300
This temporary ALC unit will continue to be open, and move from under surgery to medicine.
2. Impact of patient access initiatives:
ED Decant Unit - Victoria Hospital - D6-400 (10 beds)
As part of a pilot these beds opened in November 2012, and have had a positive impact on wait times for admitted medicine patients in the emergency department.
November - decreased wait time for Medicine patients of 2.6 hours
December - decreased wait time for Medicine patients of 4.2 hours
Patients move to this decant unit from the ED before being moved to an inpatient bed.
We will continue to keep you updated on the status of all our patient access initiatives.
Thank you for your continued dedication to safe and timely patient care.