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WPSHC declares Code Gridlock over after 6 days

After six days, the Code Gridlock at the West Parry Sound Health Centre has been declared over.  

Officials say the centre resumed standard operation as of 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23. 

According to the WPSHC, a return to standardized care delivery includes: 

  • Patients are being treated in traditional care delivery spaces.  
  • Over-flow areas are resuming their normal patient care functions. 
  • Resumption of scheduled surgeries and procedures. 
  • A number of patients have been safely and successfully discharged. 

CEO Donald Sanderson says the hospital is grateful to its staff, physicians, and volunteers for their exceptional and immediate response to the conditions that required enacting our Code Gridlock policy, especially given the timing over the Victoria Day long weekend. 

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“Our care teams are also extremely thankful to the patients and families who reacted thoughtfully and cooperatively to delays,” he says. 

According to a post on the WPSHC’s website, the health centre called the code around 10 AM on Thursday May 18. 

WPSHC says the code was called due to patient volumes beyond the health centre’s normal capacity to provide care.    

Officials say staff were operating above 110 percent capacity for many days and reaching 120 percent capacity at times. 

Officials say one significant impact was the Emergency Department caring for admitted patients and increasing wait times for less urgent care. 

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