Read though the press release below and you’ll see the Bancroft hospital is due to lose 40-per cent of its beds: it has 10 now (the last count I’ve seen) and the cost-cutting plan would keep six. And a full-time emergency department would stay.
Here’s a Feb. 4 Quinte Heath Care press release…
QHC financial recovery options modified through community feedback
The QHC financial recovery options continue to evolve as a result of significant feedback and suggestions received from physicians, staff and the community.
“The community engagement process has been extremely successful,” said Bruce Laughton, QHC President & CEO. “Our physicians and staff in particular have come forward with creative solutions to improve the initial options for the benefit of patients and families throughout the region. This is exactly what community engagement is all about.”
QHC is now in the process of evaluating and costing a refined option for Board consideration. This includes:
24-hour Emergency Rooms at all sites
22 medical beds at QHC-PECM, 12 to 16 medical beds at QHC-TM, 6 medical beds at QHC-NH (not short stay) and 44 medical beds at QHC-BG
17-bed Alternate Level of Care Unit at QHC-TM for patients waiting for more appropriate care in the community (in the John C. Richmond wing)
Family physicians in Picton would be able to care for appropriate patients without a family doctor from Belleville and Quinte West
Instead of Special Care Units there would be “monitored” beds in Picton and Trenton (these beds were in the original options)
Palliative Care beds at all sites (these beds were in the original options)
Maternity beds would remain in Picton as long as QHC is able to recruit and retain the appropriate nurses
4-bed, Clinical Decision Unit (24 hour stay) in the QHC-TM Emergency Room
The same as now, patients with a serious illness or injury that required specialists would go to QHC Belleville General
Most of the endoscopy screening for the region would be done in Picton and most of the day surgery in Trenton
Diagnostic services, outpatient clinics and physiotherapy remain the same at all sites
“One of the key benefits of these proposals is that they build on the current strengths of each of our sites,” said Mr. Laughton. “We recognize that people have significant concerns related to access to care since people in the Quinte area will need to travel more than they have in the past. However, compared to the original options the need to transport patients from Picton and Trenton to Belleville has been reduced through this updated proposal.”
Health care delivery is no longer a static environment and QHC recognizes it must shift its services in order to adapt to available financial and human resources; increased demand; changing medical practice and improved methods of delivering patient care.
The number of beds at each site is based on in-depth analysis of current and future demand and population growth. The key reason why QHC can start to reduce the number of inpatient beds at all sites is because it is anticipated that the number of patients waiting in hospital for a nursing home bed will be dramatically reduced over the next 12 months. This is thanks to 190 new nursing home beds opening in the region this year and five different initiatives all aimed at ensuring people can stay supported in their homes longer and move out of hospital sooner. Most of these programs are coordinated through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the South East Local Health Integration Network.
There are three more community meetings over the next week:
Wednesday, February 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (41 Barker St.)
Wednesday, February 11 – 6:30 p.m.
Trenton High School (15 Fourth Ave.)
Thursday, February 12 – 6:30 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME)
Dungannon Rec Centre (26596 Hwy 62, L’Amable)
Any member of the community is also invited to provide feedback by calling 613-969-7400, ext. 2005, sending an e-mail to email@example.com or writing a letter to the hospital (265 Dundas St. E., Belleville, ON, K89 5A9).