As the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario winds down, the President and CEO of Quinte Health Care (QHC) says their hospitals still face enormous challenges.
Stacey Daub says while she is cautiously optimistic about how the latest wave will pan out, staff at QHC hospitals like North Hastings still face a number of challenges. Daub cites a backlog of people who have been waiting for surgeries and diagnostic services, with staff working to clear it as quickly as possible. Along with emergency care and patients from medical units, healthcare staff is also dealing with a wave of COVID-19 patients in hospitals and ICUs. This coupled with human resources shortages have caused staff to become fatigued.
However, Daub says QHC is still committed to giving the same level of care as they always have. The healthcare corporation will be working with the community to tackle the challenges they face over the next few months. Daub hopes for the support of the community in the coming months, and is urging all those hesitant to get vaccinated.
In addition to this, QHC is asking for the public’s input so they can plan for the future. They want to understand what is important to those who use their hospitals. You can find a feedback survey on the QHC website.