Brantford General Hospital swamped during flu season

News Jan 05, 2017 by Victoria Gray Brant News

The Brantford General Hospital has cancelled some surgeries because emergency room visits have risen substantially.

The Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS) sent out a press release on Wednesday noting the extreme increase in emergency room visits for respiratory and influenza symptoms.

Lina Rinaldi, Chief Nurse Executive and Chief Operating Officer at the BCHS said the high volumes are happening across the province as the acute respiratory influenza and gastroenteritis are effecting many people and it's causing wait times to sky rocket at the BGH and the Willet in Paris.

Not only is our (emergency department) overwhelmed with volume, we are beyond capacity on our inpatient units, limiting access for patients to be admitted from the (emergency department),” she said.

The hospital and Willet have implemented a bed capacity management plan to help everyone receive the care they need in the most timely fashion they can.

“We’ve opened additional beds to help alleviate some of the pressures and improve access from our emergency department,”Rinaldi said. “We have cancelled some surgical procedures over the past 24 hours and will continue to assess surgical procedures booked for the remainder of the week that require admission to an inpatient bed on a case-by-case basis given the current situation.”

The BCHS is also collaborating with the Hamilton Norfolk Haldimand Brant Community Care Access Centre, a service that helps patients get into long-term care facilities, retirement homes and provides help to those who can continue to live at home with assistance to help with the overflow.

Robert Davidson, Chief Human Resources Officer and leader of people development said the hospital is also having problems with their own staff getting sick and needing to take time off.

Our aim is to have all our units and emergency department fully staffed to address the added activity we are experiencing,” he said.

The hospital encourages those who can to seek other options available in the community, like family doctors, walk-in clinics or Telehealth Ontario.

Emergency departments always treat the most critically and/or seriously ill patients first,” Dr. Eric Irvine, chief of emergency medical services said. “Knowing what care options are available in the community, starting with your family physician, primary healthcare provider or local walk-in clinics, is important.”

Rinaldi also advised those who are not feeling well not to visit friends and family at the hospital.

We will continue to work and plan for discharges, and will keep our community informed about our situation through our website, Twitter and Facebook,” she said.

The BCHS is facing large financial challenges to provide care for Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations and are working to address those challenges with immediate and long-term improvements.

For more information visit www.bchsys.org, or follow BCHS on Twitter @BCHSYS and Facebook www.facebook.com/bchsys.

For more information about health and wellness call Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000 or the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care at www.ontario.ca/healthcareoptions.

 

Brantford General Hospital swamped during flu season

News Jan 05, 2017 by Victoria Gray Brant News

The Brantford General Hospital has cancelled some surgeries because emergency room visits have risen substantially.

The Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS) sent out a press release on Wednesday noting the extreme increase in emergency room visits for respiratory and influenza symptoms.

Lina Rinaldi, Chief Nurse Executive and Chief Operating Officer at the BCHS said the high volumes are happening across the province as the acute respiratory influenza and gastroenteritis are effecting many people and it's causing wait times to sky rocket at the BGH and the Willet in Paris.

Not only is our (emergency department) overwhelmed with volume, we are beyond capacity on our inpatient units, limiting access for patients to be admitted from the (emergency department),” she said.

The hospital and Willet have implemented a bed capacity management plan to help everyone receive the care they need in the most timely fashion they can.

“We’ve opened additional beds to help alleviate some of the pressures and improve access from our emergency department,”Rinaldi said. “We have cancelled some surgical procedures over the past 24 hours and will continue to assess surgical procedures booked for the remainder of the week that require admission to an inpatient bed on a case-by-case basis given the current situation.”

The BCHS is also collaborating with the Hamilton Norfolk Haldimand Brant Community Care Access Centre, a service that helps patients get into long-term care facilities, retirement homes and provides help to those who can continue to live at home with assistance to help with the overflow.

Robert Davidson, Chief Human Resources Officer and leader of people development said the hospital is also having problems with their own staff getting sick and needing to take time off.

Our aim is to have all our units and emergency department fully staffed to address the added activity we are experiencing,” he said.

The hospital encourages those who can to seek other options available in the community, like family doctors, walk-in clinics or Telehealth Ontario.

Emergency departments always treat the most critically and/or seriously ill patients first,” Dr. Eric Irvine, chief of emergency medical services said. “Knowing what care options are available in the community, starting with your family physician, primary healthcare provider or local walk-in clinics, is important.”

Rinaldi also advised those who are not feeling well not to visit friends and family at the hospital.

We will continue to work and plan for discharges, and will keep our community informed about our situation through our website, Twitter and Facebook,” she said.

The BCHS is facing large financial challenges to provide care for Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations and are working to address those challenges with immediate and long-term improvements.

For more information visit www.bchsys.org, or follow BCHS on Twitter @BCHSYS and Facebook www.facebook.com/bchsys.

For more information about health and wellness call Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000 or the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care at www.ontario.ca/healthcareoptions.

 

Brantford General Hospital swamped during flu season

News Jan 05, 2017 by Victoria Gray Brant News

The Brantford General Hospital has cancelled some surgeries because emergency room visits have risen substantially.

The Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS) sent out a press release on Wednesday noting the extreme increase in emergency room visits for respiratory and influenza symptoms.

Lina Rinaldi, Chief Nurse Executive and Chief Operating Officer at the BCHS said the high volumes are happening across the province as the acute respiratory influenza and gastroenteritis are effecting many people and it's causing wait times to sky rocket at the BGH and the Willet in Paris.

Not only is our (emergency department) overwhelmed with volume, we are beyond capacity on our inpatient units, limiting access for patients to be admitted from the (emergency department),” she said.

The hospital and Willet have implemented a bed capacity management plan to help everyone receive the care they need in the most timely fashion they can.

“We’ve opened additional beds to help alleviate some of the pressures and improve access from our emergency department,”Rinaldi said. “We have cancelled some surgical procedures over the past 24 hours and will continue to assess surgical procedures booked for the remainder of the week that require admission to an inpatient bed on a case-by-case basis given the current situation.”

The BCHS is also collaborating with the Hamilton Norfolk Haldimand Brant Community Care Access Centre, a service that helps patients get into long-term care facilities, retirement homes and provides help to those who can continue to live at home with assistance to help with the overflow.

Robert Davidson, Chief Human Resources Officer and leader of people development said the hospital is also having problems with their own staff getting sick and needing to take time off.

Our aim is to have all our units and emergency department fully staffed to address the added activity we are experiencing,” he said.

The hospital encourages those who can to seek other options available in the community, like family doctors, walk-in clinics or Telehealth Ontario.

Emergency departments always treat the most critically and/or seriously ill patients first,” Dr. Eric Irvine, chief of emergency medical services said. “Knowing what care options are available in the community, starting with your family physician, primary healthcare provider or local walk-in clinics, is important.”

Rinaldi also advised those who are not feeling well not to visit friends and family at the hospital.

We will continue to work and plan for discharges, and will keep our community informed about our situation through our website, Twitter and Facebook,” she said.

The BCHS is facing large financial challenges to provide care for Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations and are working to address those challenges with immediate and long-term improvements.

For more information visit www.bchsys.org, or follow BCHS on Twitter @BCHSYS and Facebook www.facebook.com/bchsys.

For more information about health and wellness call Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000 or the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care at www.ontario.ca/healthcareoptions.