Ebola Costing Windsor Regional Hospital

It’s an upgrade for Windsor Regional Hospital, to an Ebola testing facility, but the added responsibility isn’t expected to add to the hospital’s costs.

CEO David Musyj says costs before the designation were “closing in on six-figures if not greater” for equipment and staff training. He says the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has asked hospitals to keep track of those costs.

Under the new designation, Windsor Regional Hospital will confirm if the virus is present in any patient within the Erie St.Clair LHIN before transferring them to the nearest Ebola treatment centre in London. It means hospital staff in Windsor could potentially test patients in Chatham-Kent, Sarnia or Leamington for the disease.

So far, there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Canada but Musyj says preparedness is still good practice for other potential disasters. “The chances of us seeing an Ebola patient are very low,” he says. “The chances of some other infectious disease or the chances of a chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear attack are far greater, although still low on the probability scale.”