Grey-Bruce hospitals are preparing to support a “seamless provincial hospital system” and respond to capacity challenges due to surging COVID-19 numbers throughout Ontario according to a joint media release distributed Tuesday.
It means that in the coming days and weeks Grey-Bruce residents requiring hospital care may be admitted to a hospital that is not in their home community.
And, when transferred back from a larger hospital to continue their recovery, depending on capacity at that time, patients may be transferred to another hospital site that is not necessarily a home hospital site.
It also means that patients from outside of Grey-Bruce may be transferred into the region for hospital care.
“In simple terms, every hospital bed is a provincial resource,” the release said. “Most hospitals are increasing bed numbers where staffing is available, and for those hospitals already at capacity, they are attempting to free up capacity by moving patients to other hospitals.”