Funding Helps to Reduce ER Wait Times
TORONTO, Feb. 9 /CNW/ - Ontario is improving patient care at seven
hospitals in the Toronto Central LHIN by helping lower emergency room
(ER) wait times.
Through the Pay-for-Results program, the province is ensuring that more
patients are admitted or discharged within the provincial wait time
targets and helping hospitals reduce the total time patients spend in
Ontario is providing seven hospitals in the Toronto Central LHIN with
$949,300 for treating more patients than last year within provincial
targets. At Toronto Central LHIN hospitals 81 per cent of patients are
being seen within provincial targets while there has also been a 40 per
cent reduction in the total time patients are spending in the ER since
April 2008. This funding is in addition to the $1,132,900 that these seven hospitals have received to date for treating
more patients within the provincial targets.
Per cent of Patients Seen
Within Target Wait Times
The Hospital For Sick Children
Mount Sinai Hospital
St. Michael's Hospital
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Toronto East General Hospital
Toronto General Hospital (University Health Network)
Toronto Western Hospital (University Health Network)
Hospitals have been able to achieve these improvements by implementing
initiatives such as:
Expanding ER teams with additional nursing staff, bed flow coordinators,
Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.
Creating rapid assessment zones to expedite assessment and treatment.
Working closely with inpatient staff to improve patient transfer
processes from ER to inpatient units.
Processes that improve bed turn-around times and discharges from
inpatient beds for quicker ER patient transfers.
Reducing ER wait times is part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to provide more access to health care services while improving quality
and accountability for patients.
"Over the past three years, the Pay-for-Results program, along with
other efforts to reduce ER visits and increase people's access to
community services, has lowered ER wait times in the Toronto Central
LHIN. The collaborative solutions across hospitals, community services
and other sectors are helping people receive emergency care faster and
safely return home from hospital sooner."
-- Camille Orridge, CEO, Toronto Central LHIN
"Toronto Central LHIN hospitals are leaders in taking innovative steps
to provide timely, high quality emergency care for its patients. The
Pay-for-Results program is encouraging new, ground-breaking approaches
to improving patient care in the ER."
-- Glen Murray, MPP, Toronto Centre
"Toronto Central LHIN residents are getting in and out of hospital
emergency rooms more quickly, thanks to initiatives like Pay for
Results. Our hospitals are working hard to bring wait times down and I
want to congratulate them for making encouraging progress."
-- Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
The provincial ER wait times target is four hours for patients with
non-complex conditions and eight hours for patients with complex or
serious conditions. This represents the total time patients spend in
ERs, including time to be seen, treated and discharged or admitted
Across the province, 85 per cent of all Ontario patients who visit
emergency rooms are being seen within the provincial targets and there
has been a 10 per cent reduction in length of stay.
There are 71 emergency rooms participating in the Pay-for-Results
The redeveloped Health Care Options web site is giving Ontarians a brand new way to access and learn about
the many health care options - things like family health teams and
nurse practitioner-led clinics - in their communities.
Find out more about the reporting of time spent in hospital ERs.
Learn about the alternatives to a hospital ER.
SOURCE Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network
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