Pediatric admissions at Mississauga Hospital are diverted to Credit Valley Hospital – Toronto | Tech US News


Inpatient care at Mississauga Hospital’s pediatric department is now being provided at Credit Valley Hospital due to staffing challenges and high patient volume, the hospital system says.

In a statement sent to Global News on Friday, Keeley Rogers, spokeswoman for Trillium Health Partners, said the health care system is “feeling the pressure of an increased number of children who are sick and need hospitalization.”

“Due to these pressures and ongoing staffing challenges across the province, the pediatric unit at Mississauga Hospital has been temporarily merged with Credit Valley Hospital (CVH) and all care for our pediatric patients at the hospital is now provided at CVH,” the statement said.

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Rogers said that “by working together” in one place, clinical teams were able to keep the same number of beds open to support children and families.

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“We want to assure you that this has not reduced access to high-quality care in our community and region,” Rogers said, adding that the emergency department at the Mississauga hospital remains open for pediatric patients.

According to Rogers, if an admission is needed, they will “make arrangements to transfer to CVH”.

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Rogers said THP will “continue to reassess our space to ensure we are maximizing all available bed space in our hospitals, actively recruiting new staff and introducing additional clinics and resources to support children in our community.”

The news comes as several Ontario hospitals are dealing with a large number of pediatric patients requiring care at the start of the respiratory virus season.

Earlier this week, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa announced it was opening a second intensive care unit due to the high volume of patients.

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What’s more, data obtained by Global News shows that the number of children requiring intensive care in Ontario hospitals has exceeded the number of pediatric hospital beds available.

Data compiled by Critical Care Services Ontario (CCSO) recorded 122 patients requiring a pediatric intensive care bed on Nov. 9, at a time when Ontario has 112 pediatric intensive care beds available across the province, which is 108.9% occupancy.

-with files from Colin D’Mell of Global News

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