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Getting Ready to Open the New OTMH on December 13

On December 13, 2015 when the doors open at the new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital located at 3001 Hospital Gate, the doors to the legacy OTMH will simultaneously close at the 327 Reynolds Street location. 
To prepare for this historic move, Halton Healthcare staff, Halton EMS, and Health Care Relocations executed a mock move of patients recently. Health Care Relocations has helped relocate numerous hospitals not just in Canada but around the world. 
For the exercise three fictitious patients were moved, one from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), one from the Maternity Unit and one from the Mental Health Unit. These units were chosen because they are in different parts of the existing hospital and will each depart the hospital through their own exit. The mock move worked out the routes through the halls the patients will take, what elevators they will use, what the patients will need to bring with them and where the vehicles will meet them. The units also cater to very different patients with an ICU patient having very different needs (i.e. life support equipment) than a mental health patient.
The mock move looked at things like how many patients will require portable ventilators in the worst case scenario, how many portable ventilators the hospital has available and where they can get more if needed.
Eight Halton and Peel ambulances featuring advanced life support services will participate in the actual transfer of patients. The move will also utilize twenty RNR Patient Transfer Services vehicles which feature basic life support services, five Handi-Transit vehicles to accommodate patients on wheelchairs as well as walking patients, and an elongated transfer bus. The vehicles will leave a few at a time over the course of the day and will not use lights or sirens. The transfer will feature three designated move routes. The Trafalgar Road to Dundas Street route will serve as the fallback route while QEW will be utilized for the main routes. The transfer is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. with the plan to have all patients at the new hospital in time for dinner. Each patient will be transferred with a transport RN or primary caregiver. These individuals are responsible for completing checklists to ensure everything their patient needs is going with them to the new Hospital. This includes things like their charts, belongings and medication if required.
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by OHF Admin Posted on: 11/17/2015
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