Flu season impacting health facilities

Publish date: Thursday, January 11, 2018

Regional Health Authorities

Union news

Flu outbreaks are leading to significant increases in patient volumes in health facilities across the province. In Winnipeg, HSC, St. Boniface, Riverview and about 18 personal care homes have had to deal with outbreaks. As a result, this week elective and non-emergency surgeries were cancelled. Additional beds have been made available in some Winnipeg facilities.

Brandon Regional Health Centre is seeing increased visits, but no surgeries have been cancelled and no additional beds have been put in place to date.

“Nurses are working full out to care for patients. It’s been a particularly difficult flu season in some places, but nurses, as always, are rising to the challenge” said MNU President Sandi Mowat.

With some major changes in WRHA health facilities only recently implemented and more changes scheduled at St. Boniface for January 12, Mowat expressed concern.

“The timing for these changes is not ideal. I’ve been saying all along the process has been rushed, and certainly the cuts at Victoria and Misericordia have exacerbated the problem,” said Mowat.

“Safety is our number one concern, for both patients and staff. We’re keeping a close eye on the affected facilities, and we’re in regular contact with the WRHA.”

The WRHA has indicated they are looking at staffing plans on a unit by unit basis.

Nurses with workload or safety concerns are encouraged to contact their local president, and fill out workload/staffing forms as necessary.

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