BELLEVILLE, June 14, 2012 - QHC has presented its union representatives with a proposed plan that would change access to outpatient physiotherapy services for patients at its four hospitals.
A number of options are being considered that would limit outpatient physiotherapy at QHC, including one option where patients would receive an initial assessment and treatment visit and then one follow-up appointment. Patients requiring additional physiotherapy can access services from providers in the community. Currently, patients receive an average of nine physiotherapy sessions at QHC.
"This is certainly a difficult decision," said QHC President & CEO Mary Clare Egberts. "However, QHC received a 1% cut to our funding and our expenses go up an average of 2% per year. This means we need to focus on the acute care services that truly need to be delivered in the hospital. Ongoing physiotherapy care is available in each of our communities, providing patients with options to receive these services outside of the hospital."
The outpatient physiotherapy services at QHC are used by patients referred from specialists, such as orthopedic surgeons or physiatrists; patients with new fractures; or patients continuing their physiotherapy following an inpatient stay. Patients with hip and knee replacements would continue to receive physiotherapy services from the Community Care Access Centre.
These proposed changes would not impact any inpatient physiotherapy services, the Children's Treatment Centre or the Rehabilitation Day Hospital .
Over the next month, QHC will work with its union partners and staff members to determine the exact impact on physiotherapy staff. "Our goal as always is to not have any of our valued staff members involuntarily leave QHC. We hope to able to accomplish this through strategies such as eliminating already vacant positions, reassigning staff to other positions and reducing some part-time hours," said Ms. Egberts.
Quinte Health Care has 1800 staff members and 330 medical staff with privileges who provide a wide spectrum of specialized health care to residents living in Prince Edward and Hastings Counties and a portion of Northumberland County . Care is provided across four hospital sites (QHC Belleville General Hospital, QHC North Hastings Hospital, QHC Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital and QHC Trenton Memorial Hospital) and includes 260 inpatient beds, four emergency departments, operating rooms at three sites, a rehabilitation day hospital, a children's treatment centre, diabetes education, ambulatory care clinics and community mental health programs.
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