If you ended up in a hospital waiting room at the beginning of 2019, chances are you weren’t sitting there alone.
In January, the average wait times for all hospitals across the city was 1.78 hours, up from 1.75 hours in December.
Health Sciences Centre saw the biggest jump from 1.62 to 2.07 hours.
The WRHA’s President and CEO Real Cloutier says he expects February’s numbers to be even worse.
“The February numbers are going to be high, they’ll be higher than January,” says Cloutier.
63 over-capacity beds are currently in use, compared to more than 80 beds being used in mid February.
Following flu season, more cases of bronchitis, pneumonia and the common cold are clogging up emergency rooms.
“What seems to persevere this year are all the other respiratory illnesses that we are seeing in our system in the hospitals and in the community, we’re still in a high status around those respiratory illnesses.”
The two healthcare centres where wait times did not increase were HSC’s Children’s Hospital ER and Victoria Urgent Care Centre.
Wait times actually went down at both, with Children’s showing the most improvement.
Not only were waiting times at Children’s ER down from December, they were below those shown for January of 2018.
The Canadian average emergency room wait time is 1.2 hours.
The WRHA hopes Winnipeg hospitals will hit that mark in the spring of 2021.
See the full WRHA report here.
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