Hospital services

Letter to the readers: Hospital services must remain at the heart of the city

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Just to clarify the hospital’s plan, the proposed downtown urgent care clinic, which hospital officials often refer to as an “emergency room,” will be for non-life-threatening conditions. danger.

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In short, everything except emergencies.

Ambulances won’t bring patients there for good reason. Most patients requiring resuscitation and emergency care will likely require immediate hospital care.

Stopping at UCC would waste valuable time.

In the for-profit medical system in the United States, they often refer to urgent care facilities as satellite emergency care. In Canada however, most hospitals use the term urgent care responsibly and do their best to explain the difference between an ECC and an emergency to avoid potential confusion and fatal outcomes.

In my opinion, this hospital plan is being promoted as if it is primarily for profit with a reckless disregard for health care.

According to Stage 1A planning documents, more than 70% of ER severe cases come from Windsor postal codes and approximately 50% of all ER patients come from downtown.

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Early media reports indicated that satellite services located primarily downtown would cost $400 million. Other communities build hospitals or add new treatment and recovery buildings for less than this amount.

Why isn’t the heart of the city getting a new hospital – or at least renovations to one of the existing hospitals for that amount?

And why was the proposed location even chosen for the replacement hospital given that 70% of current patients live in the heart of Windsor?

I would ask why this plan doesn’t include at least a small stand-alone hospital in the heart of the city?

Doug Charles, Windsor

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