By Sarah Klein
WINNIPEG — A new protocol coming into effect will have ambulances diverted away from Concordia Hospital for the highest acuity patients.
Ambulances in Winnipeg will be rerouted to Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface Hospital or Grace Hospital for higher-acuity patients between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., while ambulances will direct the highest-acuity patients to those hospitals at all hours, beginning December 10.
“These operational adjustments are part of the ongoing work required to transition the Concordia emergency department into a walk-in connected care clinic in the summer of 2019,” said Lori Lamont, chief operating officer of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
“It is all about ensuring patients receive the highest level of safe, quality care at the site that’s most appropriate for their needs.”
The emergency department remains open at the Concordia Hospital and the public can access its services 24/7.
The WRHA says the changes won’t result in any reduction of hours for existing staff, nor the elimination of any existing staff positions.