Mississauga and Brampton hospitals experience significant patient volumes


Published November 2, 2022 at 4:09 pm

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As flu season gets underway, hospitals in Brampton and Mississauga are seeing higher than normal patient volumes — particularly for children under five years old.

COVID-19 cases (found through wastewater testing) are increasing, according to the Region of Peel’s latest report. And influenza case detections are also increasing — predominantly influenza A.

Across Peel Region, emergency department visits and hospital admissions are higher than normal for this time of year, particularly among children aged 0-4 years old, the report notes.

Both Trillium Health Partners’ in Mississauga and William Osler Health System in Brampton report longer than usual wait times.

“We are currently experiencing significantly high volumes with longer wait times in our Emergency Departments,” William Osler Health System said in a tweet last week.

Trillium Health Partners’ hospitals, along with others across the province, are experiencing significant patient volumes, Trillium spokesperson Keeley Rogers tells insauga.com.

“The patient volumes we are currently seeing is due to a number of factors including, but not limited to; more acute and/or complex medical cases presenting to our emergency department requiring admission, a rising increase in cold and flu, respiratory and COVID-19 activity, and the number of discharges not keeping pace with the number of admissions due to longer hospital stays,” Rogers says.

These factors are putting a strain on hospitals across the province.

Keeley adds that they are working to resolve the situation.

“We are regularly assessing, evaluating and responding to the situation, ensuring we provide our patients with the best care,” she says. “We thank our community for their patience and continued support and encourage them to be aware of all the health care options available to them, including family doctors, Health Connect Ontario, and walk-in clinics.”

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