New Ontario law for hospital bed shortages worsens situation for patients, advocates say

A new law that allows Ontario hospitals to send certain patients to long-term care facilities without their consent will only worsen the existing bed shortage in hospitals, experts and advocates say, because it is making a hospital admission the only route to securing a care- home bed. The legislation passed in August was designed to … Read more

Elderly left in their beds until after lunch as care shortage worsens

Those looking after our vulnerable elderly are distressed by a chronic and dangerous shortage in care staff. CATE MACINTOSH looks at aged care in the next chapter of LIFE SUPPORT, a week-long stuff investigation into a health system as it grapples with unprecedented patient demand and the largest structural upheaval in decades. Joanne Norton’s chronically-ill … Read more

Royal Darwin Hospital, Palmerston Regional Hospital defer elective surgeries as COVID outbreak worsens

The Royal Darwin Hospital is preparing for the effects of the growing coronavirus outbreak in the Top End with a letter to staff warning patients that patients will need to be discharged to deal with additional COVID cases. Important points: The NT recorded nine new COVID-19 cases overnight Only one person was hospitalized The NT … Read more

CentraCare Seeks Community Help As Pandemic Worsens Hospital Bed Availability | Free

Hospital beds at CentraCare and Carris Health and across the state are full. CentraCare employees struggle every day to find beds for seriously ill patients. The emergency room at CentraCare – St. Cloud Hospital is jam-packed with patients who have to wait hours for much-needed care. CentraCare’s clinical teams are exhausted. Recruiting was a challenge … Read more

COVID cases drop for 4th week, but ICU bed availability worsens to 13%

GALESBURG – As the number of new COVID-19 cases in the region continues to decline, ICU availability remains an issue – it dropped to its lowest level last week. Data from the Illinois Department of Health shows that intensive care unit availability in Knox and surrounding counties for the week ended October 16 hit a … Read more