WLMH ORs Reopening September 14
Critical safety upgrades required in the WLMH operating rooms (ORs) are now complete. Activity in the ORs will gradually resume, starting the week of September 14.
Patients will soon be able to receive high-quality procedures closer to home, in an environment that meets standards for safety and infection control.
Which services will be provided?
Services resuming in the coming weeks include:
• Endoscopy procedures
• Gynecology and general surgery cases, addressing the backlog created by the province-wide COVID-19 surgical shutdown
• Elements of obstetrics services, such as scheduled cesarean births
We continue to focus on building up OR nursing staff levels to increase on-call capabilities at WLMH and support more surgical services over time.
What does this mean for patients?
Patients will be contacted by their health-care provider about scheduling their procedures.
Additional information for obstetrical patients is available here.
We appreciate everyone’s ongoing patience and resilience while these necessary safety upgrades were taking place.
What’s coming up this fall?
Work is progressing on a number of priorities at the site. Here’s a look ahead to what’s happening in the coming months:
- Surgical activity gradually resuming in WLMH ORs
- Construction starts on CT scanner suite
- Building a New WLMH – Stage 2 submission on track to share with Ministry of Health for review and approval
- Two-Year infrastructure project wrapping up – three months ahead of schedule!
Hospital services starting to gradually resume in Ontario
Earlier this week, Hamilton Health Sciences’ (HHS) plan to gradually resume clinical services was approved by Ontario Health. Many services, including surgeries and other procedures, were paused during the initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s the message we shared with our staff.
This approval means we will now start gradually booking appointments for some procedures, prioritizing care for patients based on the severity and urgency of their medical needs. Patients will be contacted directly by the hospital or their doctor about the timing of their care, when an appointment for them is available.
West Niagara residents will continue to receive procedures at other HHS sites. The operating rooms at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital are undergoing critical safety upgrades and are scheduled to re-open this fall.
We will provide further updates as this process moves forward, but you can also stay up-to-date here.
Progress on important safety upgrades at WLMH
- Laboratory upgrades, like electrical, lighting and millwork
- Parking lot resurfacing completed; lighting is being installed
- Work on Endoscopy Reprocessing starting June 1
- Operating Room/Intensive Care Unit work starting June 15
West Niagara municipal Councils show continued support for the new WLMH
This month, local municipalities (Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln) each passed a motion of commitment to the local share financing required for the construction of a new hospital. This commitment is a critical part of the hospital planning process. We thank each of the Councils and Mayors for their continued support of this important project.
During the coming weeks, staff and physicians at WLMH will help develop detailed plans for the new hospital. Their input will help to ensure that that future health care service delivery needs are translated into the design and construction of the new hospital by providing clinical, technical, operational, programmatic, and equipment information.
Check out our newly released feature sheets to help keep you informed about the road ahead. Find out how new hospitals are financed in Ontario and the government’s process for building new infrastructure.