Wait times at Winnipeg hospitals for emergency-room and urgent-room care improved slightly in May, compared with the month before — but were longer when compared to the same month the previous year.

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Wait times at Winnipeg hospitals for emergency-room and urgent-room care improved slightly in May, compared with the month before — but were longer when compared to the same month the previous year.

The overall median wait for service last month was 2.00 hours, compared to 2.07 hours in April and 1.67 hours in May 2018.

Four hospitals had improved times in May, compared to April: Concordia, Grace, Health Sciences Centre and Children’s Hospital.

Seven Oaks General Hospital, St. Boniface Hospital and Victoria General Hospital all reported longer waits, month over month.

Among Winnipeg hospitals, only Concordia Hospital had a shorter median wait for ER service in May (2.37 hours) than it did in May 2018 (2.43 hours). But that was also the longest recorded wait among Winnipeg hospitals last month.

Concordia’s ER was converted to an urgent-care centre earlier this month.

The shortest median wait for care in Winnipeg was at Children’s Hospital, at 1.32 hours, compared to 1.60 hours in April.

Health Sciences Centre’s median ER wait was 2.07 hours in May, compared to 2.22 hours in April and 1.63 hours the previous May.

At St. Boniface, the median wait rose to 2.25 hours in May from 2.15 hours in April. In May 2018, the median wait at St. B was 1.80 hours.

— Larry Kusch

Larry Kusch

Larry Kusch
Legislature reporter

Larry Kusch didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life until he attended a high school newspaper editor’s workshop in Regina in the summer of 1969 and listened to a university student speak glowingly about the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa.

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