Collingwood General and Marine Hospital is activating its contingency plan.
The hospital has opened the Alternative Health Facility (AHF) it established in the spring and has been waiting on standby for a surge in admitted patients, which occurred over the past few days.
The 18-bed facility at the Collingwood Legion will care for transitional care patients, those who have had their health needs met but may soon be transferred to rehabilitation, long-term care, or other post-care service. No Covid patients will be treated there.
“CGMH continues to work hard to preserve access to surgical services, as we resume the backlog of surgeries, resulting from the spring ramp down,” says Norah Holder, CGMH President and CEO, adding, “One of the set criteria from Ontario Health is a capacity level of no more than 100 per cent. By opening the AHF we are able to continue to provide top notch care to all patients, while working hard to keep surgical procedures in progress.”
This is similar to the Pandemic Response Unit at Barrie’s Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre opened in late November.