Province Investing Over $6.5 Million for Health Care in Guelph and Wellington
– Guelph, ON
Ontario will be providing more than $3 million to expand emergency mental health services at hospitals in Guelph and Wellington County.
The following hospitals will be receiving new emergency mental health funding:
•Guelph General Hospital: $2,416,300
•Groves Memorial Community Hospital: $326,100
•North Wellington Health Care Corporation, including Louise Marshall Hospital and Palmerston and District Hospital: $326,100
This investment will ensure that Guelph General Hospital will have a mental health nurse available 24 hours a day and it will also support new addictions counsellors. At Groves Hospital, Palmerston District Hospital and Louise Marshall Hospital, mental health assessments will now be available on evenings, weekends and holidays.
The funding will enable these hospitals to provide timely crisis intervention, psychotherapy and support to patients and families. Patients who need daily crisis support will receive more dedicated care, while also getting faster access to community psychiatry services to shorten hospital stays.
In addition, patients in Guelph will benefit from:
•An over $2.5 million increase in operating funding for Guelph General Hospital
•An over $665,000 increase in operating funding for St. Joseph’s Health Care in Guelph
•More than $100,000 to continue the local Community Paramedicine pilot program that provides home visits from paramedics to seniors and other patients living with chronic health conditions. This initiative helps to reduce emergency room visits and hospital admissions.
Investing in the health care priorities that matter most to patients is part of the government’s plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.
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