My time in the military taught me many valuable lessons, including how to distribute and concentrate resources.
When we prepared for long marches, we packed our gear carefully with each member of the platoon in specialized roles: one carried the 20-litre water jug and another the cooking gear, while another prepared our routes and carried a map and compass. The lone medic prepared a medical bag in case of an emergency. Each member had a specialized role like those of physicians, nurses and other health care workers.
In a similar way, our Manitoba government and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority are refocusing health care resources so Winnipeg patients get the right care at the right time, and in the right place. We are consolidating services at specific hospitals and health centres to capitalize on their strengths, and to have them deliver better and more timely care with a concentration of valuable, specialized resources.
What does this mean for the residents of the Kildonan constituency? Beginning this fall, the emergency department currently at Seven Oaks Hospital will become an urgent-care centre for cases that are serious but not life-threatening.
This change is coming as all emergency and acute-care services in Winnipeg will be consolidated at Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface Hospital and Grace Hospital within the next two years.
In addition to its urgent-care centre, Seven Oaks Hospital will offer specialty care in out-patient renal services and elective endoscopy procedures, as well as rehabilitation and transitional care for elderly patients.
These changes are about healing our health care system in Winnipeg. The current system has patients waiting too long for care, staying too long at hospitals and regularly visiting multiple locations for the care they need. Working with the WRHA, our government is vastly improving the quality of care and strengthening the system that provides it.
These improvements follow the recommendations of Dr. David Peachey, an independent consultant retained by the former government, in a report that came about through consultations with community representatives, health care leaders, clinical specialists and staff, unions and Indigenous organizations. It’s important that these decisions are made through an evidence-based approach.
These are the first steps toward a necessary transformation in health care in Winnipeg. Improved patient care and a sustainable health care system are what the residents of Kildonan and all Manitobans deserve.
More information is available at www.healingourhealthsystem.ca.
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