Home Site Map HPHA Intranet Contact Us Privacy Policy
You are Here : Home    News & Events    Around The Alliance!    HPHA Bed Pressures Mount
<May 2018>
Blood Donor Clinic - Clinton
2:30 pm to 7:30 pm / Huron Christian School
Blood Donor Clinic - Stratford
1:00 pm to 7:00 pm / Rotary Complex
There are no muscles inside the fingers. All of the muscles are in the palm and arm region and attached to tendons inside of the fingers. The fingers are moved around like a puppet on a set of strings.
Around The Alliance!
New Partnership With The Change Foundation Announced!
West Building Entrance Opens at Stratford General Hospital on March 27
New Dedicated Space at HPHA Solidifies Commitment to Teaching and Mentorship
HPHA & AMGH Adding PatientKeeper CPOE & Medication Reconciliation to Clinical Automation System
From Patient to Volunteer: Brent's Story
HPHA Celebrates Successful 2016/17 Year
HPHA Receives Health Infrastructure Renewal Funding
Moving Forward With Stroke
26th Annual Paediatric Day Conference Speaker Presentations
Diabetes Support Group!
R.E.A.L Life Perspectives: Emergency Medicine
Welcome Ellie-Mae! First Baby of 2018!
Signs of a Stroke? Call 9-1-1
Like Us on Facebook!
HPHA Celebrates Combined Heat & Power Project
Influenza Outbreak Declared Over at Stratford General Hospital
Board of Directors Meeting Highlights
Bring Change to Life: Social Work Month
Q & A with a Registered Dietitian!
New Blood Donors Needed!
Connecting the Dots for Caregivers - Newsletter #4
To Our Volunteers - Thank You!
You Have The Power To Give Life!
Happy National Nursing Week!
HPHA Looks to the Future
HPHA Receives Green Light to Move Forward with Tradition Mutual Centre for Wellness Expansion
Physio Helps Lives!
Seaforth Community Hospital is Looking for Volunteers!
Discovery Week at HPHA
Q & A with a Speech Language Pathologist
What's For Dinner Wednesday!
HPHA in the Media
HPHA's Facebook Protocol
HPHA's LinkedIn Page
HPHA's Twitter Protocol
Media Releases
Blood Donor Clinics
Find a Family Doctor or Nurse Practitioner
Website Feedback
HPHA Bed Pressures Mount

January 9, 2018

With all four Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) hospital sites operating at over 100% capacity, elective surgeries, such as joint replacements, are being postponed and staff are being reassigned to support inpatient needs.

“This level of activity is almost unprecedented,” said Andrew Williams, President and CEO. “All staff are completely focused on supporting the needs of our current patients, and we are making ongoing adjustments in an effort to limit added pressures on the system,” he said.

At time of issuing this release, the Stratford General Hospital Emergency Department had 11 admitted patients waiting for an inpatient bed, while the Clinton Public Hospital, St. Marys Memorial Hospital and Seaforth Community Hospital were all over census at 21 inpatient beds. Overall, acute care beds across the HPHA are at 117% occupancy.

“Clearly, we regret any impacts on patients and their families however with every bed in all HPHA sites already full, this situation does mean postponing some services and potentially longer wait times for patients in our Emergency Rooms,” adds Williams. “It also makes it harder to control the spread of infections, and puts added pressure on our Environmental Services Staff.”

HPHA does not wish to discourage Huron and Perth residents from using their Emergency Departments, however residents do have choices depending on their condition including:

  • Contacting their family physician for non-urgent conditions
  • Contacting Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 and speaking with a Registered Nurse for health advice or information. This service is free and confidential.

Of course not all emergency visits will be avoidable and symptoms including pains or tightness in the chest, broken bones, wounds that may need stitches and shortness of breath are all reasons to go to the Emergency Department.

“We ask those who do need to visit our Emergency Department to be patient”, adds Williams. “We know that this is the last place many people want to be. As always, we will see our sickest patients first and we are committed to providing timely, safe quality care to all our patients and their families.”