HPHA CEO says planning is for worse case scenario

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The CEO for the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance says the system has been challenged over the last few months.

It is not just with capacity and making sure patients are in the right place as recruiting staff has been a challenge. And they’re not the only ones dealing with the issue.

“It’s a massive challenge right across the country and I think it gets harder and harder the smaller the communities are and, you know, we’re working tirelessly on that piece to make sure that should the demand go up we have the team ready and able to support the community in the way that they expect,” said Williams.

And while it’s difficult to know how much worse it will get in the next few months, they are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.

“With changes recently in the number of long term care beds with Huron and Perth and in fact across the province, that compounded the challenges. We tend to have a lot of people in our hospitals who should be in another location, but for various reasons, are not able to be there. So it’s a constant area of focus for us,” added Williams.

All of the hospital sites, Stratford, St. Marys, Clinton and Seaforth, have seen increased capacity over the last few weeks.