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RQHR Works to Reduce Capacity Levels through Timely Discharges

10-Dec-2012

​The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is continuing its efforts to reduce overcapacity at its two Regina hospitals, mainly by concentrating on exercising more timely discharges and transfers to hospitals in home regions. Providing optimal patient care and safety continue to be a focus for RQHR during this time of increased capacity.

“Timely discharges can have considerable impacts on overall patient flow and movement. For example, a patient being discharged this morning and leaving the hospital before 1:00 pm can free up a bed for a patient waiting in emergency for an inpatient bed by this afternoon,” said Sue Neville, Vice President, Clinical Support. “By moving patients back to their home hospitals as soon as it’s safe to do so, it often allows them to be closer to family and allows the local hospitals to provide an environment for rest, recovery and good, basic nursing care.”

“Providing patients with the soonest, safest, smartest care continues to be our region’s main focus. We appreciate the patience and understanding of our patients and their families as we continue to work diligently with physicians and staff to alleviate these capacity pressures,” said Michael Redenbach, Chief Operating Officer, Health Services.

RQHR continues to operate at an overcapacity situation at its two Regina hospitals. As of 10:00 am today, the Regina General Hospital was at 115% capacity and the Pasqua Hospital was at 104% capacity.

It is important to note that mid-December is a normal time for seasonal slowdowns to begin for procedures and surgeries in the region. If cancellations are necessary, patients will be notified by the Region’s staff by telephone.

In addition to the surgery and procedure cancellations, RQHR is taking the following actions to help to relieve the overcapacity situation:

  • all in-patients from other regions who can be safely cared for in their home regions are being transferred to their home regions as soon as possible;
  • physicians are being asked to do their daily in-patient rounds before 10 am to identify and support discharges and transfers; and
  • placement is being sought in other facilities for patients waiting for convalescent care and long-term care beds.

Patients in need of emergency care should still go to an emergency department at one of Regina’s hospitals. However, patients will be seen in order of need, and non-urgent patients can expect lengthy delays.

Patients not requiring urgent care are asked to consider the following options before coming to an emergency department:

  • Consult with your family physician;
  • Call HealthLine 24 hours a day at Dial 811;
  • Access a walk-in clinic. A complete listing of clinics in your area can be found here:
    • Regina

For more information on how the region deals with overcapacity and what it means to patients, please read the information on the RQHR website by clicking here.

For More Information:
Carol Reynolds
Media Relations Consultant
RQHR Communications
Email: Carol.Reynolds@rqhealth.ca
Phone: (306) 766-0889