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#AskMUHC: Royal Victoria Hospital moves geriatric patients to Montreal General Hospital

Watch: Morning News host Camille Ross speaks to the MUHC’s Ann Lynch about the new services available at the Montreal General Hospital. 

MONTREAL- The Montreal General Hospital is now the main site for the MUHC geriatrics program.

The newly renovated unit will house the Geriatric Day Hospital, In-patient Unit and Ambulatory Services, allowing patients to receive the care they need under one roof.

This past Sunday March 29,  the MUHC oversaw the transfer of eight patients from the Royal Victoria hospital over to the Montreal General Hospital to combine with their existing geriatrics department. “We used 2 Medicars and 2 ambulances and over 80 MUHC staff helped to ensure this transfer was a success and patients were safely cared for,” said Julie Paquette from the MUHC’s communications department.

“We have the same interdisciplinary team that has been giving great care to those patients at the Royal Victoria Hospital,’ said  Ann Lynch, Associate Director General, Clinical Operations, Adult Missions in an interview with Morning News host Camille Ross.

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Montreal General Hospital staying open

The Montreal General is one of the four MUHC sites that will be open and continuing to provide care in 2015. It is joined by the Lachine Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, and the Glen site, which will house the Royal Victoria, the Montreal Children’s, the Montreal Chest and the new Cedars Cancer Centre.

“It’s our level one trauma centre. We have a very active emergency room serving medical surgery patients. Major renovations are being done at that site, ” said Lynch.

What remains at the Montreal General Hospital?

The MGH has been undergoing a transformation to take on several services from the Royal Victoria.

270 beds will be available to care for patients. The emergency room will be kept open.

“We are also improving our mental health services by building a psychiatric emergency and a short stay unit at the MGH,” said Paquet.  “This means that our psychiatric patients who used to go to the Royal Victoria Emergency Department for care will now go to a brand-new facility at the MGH.”

You can also see a complete list of which services will be offered at which of the four hospitals on their website: MUHC.ca/2015.

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