Due to the high number of hospitalized patients, the London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) is under significant stress, which has resulted in the transfer of several patients out of the region.
The Omicron variant has led to hospitalizations reaching unprecedented heights as more people become infected with the virus.
As of Friday, 153 patients were at LHSC with COVID-19, with 297 staff who tested positive for the virus, and officials say more staff are sick or in quarantine.
Acting Executive Vice President Dr. Adam Dukelow said about 10 patients had been transferred to other hospitals since Wednesday. He said all the patients stayed in the southwest region.
“We continue to have a very high number of COVID patients coming to the hospital and admitted, and a high number of COVID patients in our inpatient and intensive care units – so the hospital continues to be subject to significant stress,” Dukelow said. .
“We are managing and our hospital is safe. Unfortunately, to cope, we still have a reduction in our regular services. »
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Surgeries are at 40% of normal volume, with the LHSC hoping they can increase soon.
Dukelow says patient capacity is around 97% for medical and surgical beds, which is lower than it was at the start of the week.
“The majority of people who are here who are COVID positive wouldn’t be here if they didn’t have COVID,” he said.
Dukelow is urging unvaccinated people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to help manage cases.
The unvaccinated represent less than 10% of the population of Middlesex London but 34.5% of all hospitalizations as of December 11, 2021.
As of Tuesday, a record 166 patients were in the LHSC hospital and 374 staff had tested positive for COVID-19.
With cases declining slightly since the start of the week, Dukelow says the hope is that by the end of the day the hospital will no longer need to make transfers.
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