Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH), in Barrie, opened a 36-bed Transitional Care In-patient Unit (TCIU), an important step toward easing ongoing capacity challenges before the flu season hits.
The TCIU is located in a formerly-closed unit on the fourth floor of the health centre and will care for patients who have a firm discharge date but face a temporary obstacle, such as needing additional physiotherapy or home care. Focused, short-term supports will enable those patients to be more quickly and safely discharged back to the community.
Operational funding for the unit came from a provincial government $140 million fund in an effort to open more than 1,200 additional hospital beds across the province. The Barrie centre received the second-largest allocation of beds in the province.
“RVH has experienced surging volumes for over a year now, with occupancy rates consistently over 110 per cent,” says Janice Skot, centre president and CEO. “Each day, every bed in our health centre is full and we are caring for admitted patients in hallways, the emergency department and surge units. The opening of this unit will address current capacity pressures, as well as the predictable winter surge during what is forecast to be a difficult flu season.”
To ensure the new unit is appropriately staffed, more than 50 staff were hired and trained prior to the opening. The multi-disciplinary care team is led by registered nurses and heavily focused on registered practical nurses, allied health and patient care assistants.
In the photo, Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO, (center) celebrates the opening of the new unit with staff at an official ribbon-cutting ceremony in December.