After recently posting about the Sault Area Hospital taking COVID-19 positive cases from outside the Algoma area, members of the community had a few questions and concerns.
One of the top questions on many resident’s minds was whether or not SAH would have the capacity and resources to handle an increase in cases requiring critical care from our own communities should we continue to see patients transferred from outside our area?
SaultOnline reached out to Brandy Sharp Young, Communications Manager for SAH and she was kind enough to provide us with the following explanation in response:
“At this time, SAH has critical care capacity for 22 patients,” said Sharp Young. “Critical care beds are provincial inventory and we must be prepared to manage our volume and any unexpected events as they arise. This would not be new work with us but rather our everyday readiness to care for patients that need us the most. Ontarians are our collective patients and the integrated health system is specifically designed to get the right care for the right patient – wherever that may be in the province.”
Although there were a number of somewhat negative comments left on SaultOnline’s Facebook page stemming from previous story shared, ‘SAH takes COVID-19 patients from out of town’, one particular reader responded with a view calling for compassion and kindness during these difficult and unprecedented times.