Trillium Health Partners (THP) recently celebrated the opening of a new rapid assessment zone (RAZ), marking the expansion of the emergency department (ED) at Mississauga Hospital.
The RAZ is one of the assessment and treatment areas, where patients are transitioned from physician diagnosis to a treatment zone for any necessary medical interventions. The Mississauga Hospital RAZ assesses and treats about 100 patients a day and the new, modern space will better equip THP health care providers to care for the growing community.
Features of the new zone include 5,000 square feet of newly renovated and modernized space (double the size of the current RAZ), enhanced privacy including eight separate assessment rooms and dedicated areas for patient intake and treatment and an identified zone lead who will monitor the area to ensure patients are being treated in an organized and timely manner.
THP sees the second highest volume of emergency and urgent care patient visits of any hospital in Canada, logging more than 273,000 patient visits in 2017/18. The new Mississauga Hospital RAZ, along with the recently expanded ED at Credit Valley Hospital aim to alleviate some of the current pressures, however, the demand for health care continues to increase every year.
THP’s priority is to always provide safe, high quality patient care and to deliver an exceptional experience. Infrastructure improvements such as the new RAZ are an important part of ensuring we continue to provide for the community’s growing health care needs.
THP will continue to implement their ten-year plan to grow health care services in the community through short, medium, and long-term solutions. The hospital is currently developing two long-term care homes that will add 540 new long-term care beds. THP has also received approval for a hospital expansion project that would add more than 500 new hospital beds and replace more than 500 hospital beds at Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre. The projects will allow THP to continue to provide accessible, high quality care for the people of Mississauga, West Toronto and beyond, now and in the future.
The winter months are particularly busy for all hospitals, including THP, in part due to an increased volume of requiring care for seasonal influenza (the flu). The best way for community members to protect themselves is by getting the flu shot every year.
Community members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the health care options available to them both at the hospital and in the community, to ensure they are able to get the right care in the right place at the right time.
For information on how to find a family doctor, contact Health Care Connect at 1-800-445-1822 or visit health.gov.on.ca.
For free, confidential access to a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call Telehealth Ontario at: 1-866-797-0000 (TTY: 1-866-797-0007).
For non- life-threatening conditions that require immediate attention, the Urgent Care Centre at the Queensway Health Centre is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For serious conditions that require immediate attention, the emergency departments at Mississauga Hospital and Credit Valley Hospital are open 24 hours, seven days a week.