The Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital is using temporary funding from the Province to add 10 beds to help with high occupancy issues and wait times.
TILLSONBURG - Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital has opened up a new 10 bed unit.
They are using temporary funding from the Province to help address High Occupancy and wait times. The extra patient accommodation will cost $494,000. The hospital has been dealing with high occupancy rates for over a year with no relief in sight. The additional beds will help with overcrowding and should reduce wait times for patients waiting for a bed in the Emergency Department.
President and CEO of the hospital Sandy Jansen says TDMH is currently funded for 45 beds, but frequently reports occupancy rates well above 100%.
"We are experiencing a perfect storm right now, TDMH has been running well over 100% occupancy for many months as we struggle to find long-term care beds for our patients. The situation is compounded however with the surging flu situation".
TDMH is under visitor restrictions after a Influenza B outbreak. Jansen says they really needed these extra beds.
"We're told that we haven't really hit the peak of the flu season yet. Even those patients who are lucky enough to have a nursing home bed to return to are forced to stay in hospital as many long-term care homes across Oxford County are experiencing outbreaks due to respiratory or stomach bugs and cannot take their patients back."
Jansen says staff at the hospital are committed to ensuring that they continue to provide high quality and safe care.