Children’s Hospital resumes admitting out-of-province patients – Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg Children’s Hospital is again admitting children from Nunavut and northwestern Ontario who need intensive care.
The hospital began accepting patients who likely need a bed in the intensive care unit from Tuesday.
In August, the hospital suspended critical care patients from out of province as its intensive care unit was overwhelmed.
The policy did not affect children who came to Manitoba for services or care unlikely to result in admission to the pediatric ICU; referrals or transfers to the neonatal ICU; and children facing an immediate threat to their lives and physical integrity, a spokesperson for Shared Health said.
“This resumption of service, which came into effect today after weeks of discussions among clinical leaders, comes as pediatric hospitals across the country are experiencing a surge of viral respiratory illnesses that have resulted in patient volumes and unprecedented hospital admissions,” the spokesperson said in a statement. statement.
Shared Health said the pediatric ICU had a disproportionate number of out-of-province patients in August.
“At the time, the decision to restrict access to Manitoba’s pediatric ICU was made to preserve capacity for Manitoba patients,” the spokesperson said.
“This followed discussions with other jurisdictions that had the capacity at the time to receive patients from Nunavut who would otherwise have come to Manitoba.”
In a memo to health care leaders, Manitoba Health assistant deputy minister Barb Wasilewski said the children’s hospital would resume accepting medical and surgical transfers from Nunavut and northwestern Ontario, as well as new consultations and follow-up appointments.
—Danielle Da Silva