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CHUM welcomes new patients as Hôtel-Dieu partially shuts down

Patients were transferred by ambulance from the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital to the new CHUM hospital on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.
Patients were transferred by ambulance from the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital to the new CHUM hospital on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Courtesy TVA

Last month, the new French superhospital, the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), welcomed more than 100 patients from Saint-Luc Hospital. On Sunday, it was Hôtel-Dieu’s turn.

To prepare for the move, the emergency room at the Hôtel-Dieu — one of the oldest hospitals in North America — closed its doors at 5 a.m.

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A total of 31 ambulances and 20 medicars were required to move the patients to their new home.

It took just over three hours for the 51 patients — some in wheelchairs, others on stretchers — to be transferred.

The Hôtel-Dieu Hospital will remain partially open until 2021.

It will house the offices and external clinics of the new hospital until the last phase of construction of the CHUM, on the former grounds of Saint-Luc Hospital, is complete.

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The third and final hospital transfer is scheduled for Nov. 26, when patients from Notre-Dame Hospital will be moved.

The new CHUM, with a surface area of close to 300,000 square metres, boasts 772 private rooms, 39 operation rooms and 400 exam rooms.

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