Lakeridge Health has restored some critical care nursing services at the Bowmanville Hospital, according to the latest statement on the temporary shutdown of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
In late July, Lakeridge Health announced it was temporarily closing the ICU at Bowmanville Hospital, and that it would relocate the six ICU beds and consolidate critical care services to the Ajax Pickering and Oshawa Hospitals.
“There was no loss of critical care bed capacity delivered by Lakeridge Health critical care teams as a result of this consolidation; there have been no interruptions to services at the Emergency Department; and a critical care physician has remained on-site throughout this period,” said the Lakeridge statement on Aug. 17.
The statement said that Lakeridge continues to work diligently to stabilize staffing to fully return services in the ICU.
There are no details regarding when the ICU will be fully restored.
“We recognize the impact this situation has had on our staff, patients, and their families,” the statement said. “We are so grateful to the staff and physicians who are now providing these critical care services, as well as those who are working tirelessly to ensure adequate staffing to safely return all services as soon as possible.”
“Patient safety and supporting the needs of our team members remains our top priority and we will continue to closely monitor this situation in the days ahead and provide further updates as soon as they become available,” the statement added.