Emergency

The G&Mís Emergency Department (ED) operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week and is staffed by five full-time emergency physicians and fourteen general practitioners on a rotating basis. Nursing care is provided by Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses.

As the major trauma centre for the Georgian Triangle Area, the ED has modern, well-equipped facilities for triage, resuscitation, trauma, surgical and medical care. Emergency visits to the G&M average over 34,000 annually. To better meet the service demands, the ED is currently undergoing renovations that are set to be complete by January 2017.

The ED uses a five level triage system. This means that patients are not seen on a ďfirst come, first servedĒ basis. Patients are usually assessed by a nurse within 15 minutes of their arrival in the ED (this will depend on how busy the ED is at the time) and seen by the physician according to the emergent nature of their injury or illness.

The See and Treat area, which is separate from the main ED, provides patients with minor injuries faster access to care. The area is equipped with four dedicated rooms with stretchers and chairs, for patients who can move about freely. A physician and a registered practical nurse (RPN) are dedicated to the See & Treat area between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days per week.

As a community hospital, the G&Mís role is to provide primary medical care. Critically ill patients who are beyond the scope of primary medical care are stabilized in the ED and then transferred to other health care facilities depending on their care needs.

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