New beds allow young patients to stay in Milton if they need hospital care

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Published February 22, 2024 at 9:57 am

Young patients in Milton in who need medical care can now stay in town rather than being shipped to nearby hospitals.

Milton District Hospital, part of Halton Healthcare, officially opened four pediatric beds, enabling children and adolescents to receive specialized inpatient care more quickly and closer to home.

The four inpatient pediatric beds will help clinicians deliver compassionate care to children up to 18 years of age.

“This is incredible news for youth and children who live in Milton, as well as their families, who can be confident that their children will get the care they need, close to home,” said Melissa Farrell, president and CEO of Halton Healthcare.

“This is another meaningful way we are growing and evolving with our community to better serve our growing population.”

MDH began admitting young patients to the new dedicated beds from its emergency department earlier this month.

Patients will also be able to access the beds from MDH’s surgical department and from Halton Healthcare’s other community hospitals, Georgetown Hospital and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, as required.

“I am thrilled that we’ve been able to launch this new service because I know it will help us improve the experience for so many young patients and their families, who will now be able to get the care they need right here in our community,” said Dr. David McConachie, Chief of Staff, Halton Healthcare.

The population served by Halton Healthcare is growing rapidly, increasing the number of patients of all ages. Last year, the emergency department at MDH experienced about 15,500 visits from pediatric patients, an increase of 30 per cent over 2019-2020.

“The fact that we have now implemented this – and it was a long time coming – has just been wonderful,” said pediatric nurse Diana Guedez.

“It takes stress off the families knowing they will be in their own community, close to their home. Especially if they have other siblings, it takes away the anxieties of having to commute or be transferred somewhere else.”

Previously, without access to local inpatient beds, pediatric patients experienced the challenges of waiting in the emergency department until an inpatient bed at another hospital could be arranged, and then faced being transported out of region by a medical team.

Last year, more than 400 children were transferred from the emergency department at MDH to inpatient pediatric beds outside Halton.

Halton Healthcare also has eight dedicated beds for pediatric patients at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.

 

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