The Ottawa Hospital in Ontario, Canada, has received $3.9m in provincial funding to reduce emergency department waiting times.
The funds have been used to introduce 19 new short-stay beds, ten for the hospital’s Civic campus and nine for the General campus.
Ottawa Centre liberal MPP Yasir Naqvi said the short-stay beds will improve patient flow by ensuring that the patients are transferred out of emergency department sooner.
Recent provincial data revealed that the sickest emergency department patients in The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus wait up to 19 and a half hours, while those at the General wait 14 hours.
Ontario’s government said it has spent $28.2m on 221 short-stay beds for 24 hospitals in the province.
Under the ‘Pay for Results’ programme, hospitals that fail to cut their emergency department waiting times risk having their funding cut.