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Ontario Helps CHEO Reduce Wait Times for Kids

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Ontario Helps CHEO Reduce Wait Times for Kids

McGuinty Government Provides Capital Support for Hospital Renovations

Office of the Premier

Ontario is helping to reduce surgery wait times for children in eastern Ontario.

The McGuinty government is making a capital investment that will allow the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) to renovate and expand its Day Care Surgery and Post Anaesthetic Care units. The improved layout and functionality will enhance patient safety, increase flexibility in surgical operations and improve efficiency.

The new units will help the hospital perform up to 2,200 additional operations annually -- an increase of up to 29 per cent.

Ontario's investment is part of ongoing efforts to help CHEO reduce wait times. Since 2008, emergency room wait-times at CHEO for complex patients have decreased from 8 to 6.4 hours. Wait-times for non-complex patients have decreased from 5.5 to 3.9 hours.

Strengthening healthcare for kids in Ontario is part of the McGuinty government's action plan to provide families with the best care where and when they need it, while ensuring all Ontarians get better value for their health dollars.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s capital support will help CHEO reduce wait times for cochlear implant procedures.
  • Other recent expansions at CHEO include a new emergency room, new units for cancer and dialysis treatment and neonatal and pediatric intensive care units for babies and children.
  • CHEO has experienced rising patient volumes, particularly in the last year, that have resulted in longer wait times for some procedures.

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“Nine years ago our government stepped in to ensure CHEO would remain as the hub for children’s health care in eastern Ontario. And we’re pleased to partner with CHEO to make even more improvements for children’s health in eastern Ontario.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“Bringing the best quality care to young Ontarians is one of the wisest investments we can make, not only for our health care system, but for the future of our province.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“Much has changed since CHEO last modified its surgical facilities, nearly 40 years ago. Today’s announcement is a great step forward in revitalizing CHEO’s facilities to address the growing need for its services and care.”

Johanne Lévesque

Chair, CHEO Board of Trustees