Review of the Proposed Reduction in Hours at the Petrolia Emergency Department (ED) at Charlotte Eleanor Englehart of Bluewater Health

Reference Panel Report

The final report of the ESC LHIN Reference Panel was officially submitted to Board of Director at their Open Meeting on Tuesday, October 26, 2010.  All recomendations made by the panel were supported by the Board.

October 13, 2010 - Community Meeting

Community Meeting
Regarding the Future of the Petrolia Hospital Emergency Department
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Petrolia Playhouse - 411 Greenfield, Petrolia ON N0N 1R0


CEEH - hospital.jpgOn July 8, 2010, the ESC LHIN confirmed that it could not support the proposal, approved by the Bluewater Health Board of Directors, to realign the CEEH ED to a 12-hour model, until a thorough review was conducted.  The 30-60 Day Review was convened to consider the impact the proposed change would have on patient safety and access, quality of care and sustainability.

The Reference Panel is responsible for reviewing and evaluating the recommendations put forth by the physicians and administrators at Bluewater Health to ensure that all options have been explored in an effort to avoid a reduction in Emergency Department hours.

Aims of the Review

  • To comprehensively understand what is happening currently in Bluewater Health’s emergency services and to determine what results need to be produced in the short, medium and long term
  • To identify any other options available to sustainable care delivery and recommend which option (or set of options) to implement
  • To evaluate the risks or challenges of the current proposal (or set of identified options) and its impact on other services (e.g. hospital inpatient service)
  • To evaluate the current proposal (or set of identified options) vs. the criteria of access of service, coordination of care, effectiveness, long term sustainability, patient safety, and quality
  • In the event of any change, assist in educating the public about the reasons and rationale as to why the changes are happening
  • In the event of a change, assist in communicating to health care professionals and the community what they need to do in view of potential changes (e.g. roles and responsibilities in the delivery of care)
  • To develop a process to continually monitor the potential Emergency Department changes and its role within a high quality health care system



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