Council approves long-term vision for Halton Region Paramedics

Ambulance at the Corner of Trafalgar Road and Cornwall Road, Oakville
Council approves long-term vision for Halton Region Paramedics

About the Author

Gary Carr

Gary Carr

In 2006, Gary was elected to the position of Regional Chair at the Regional Municipality of Halton, and was re-elected to the position in 2010. Gary sits on the Standing Committees of Health and Social Services, Administration and Finance, and Planning and Public Works, in addition to a number of Advisory Committees. Gary is also a member of the board for the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, and served on the Halton Regional Police Services Board and Metrolinx.

Latest posts (See all)

Upper Oakville Shopping Centre Christmas Promotion 2016 Breakfast with Santa
Advertisement

On May 27, Regional Council approved the new Paramedic Services Master Plan that serves as a blueprint for the delivery of paramedic services in Halton, including public policy and all decisions related to personnel, major expenditures and day-to-day operations.

The Plan addresses the anticipated increase in demand for Paramedic Services that Halton is expected to face over the next 10 years, mostly from its rapidly growing and aging population. The Plan aims to lessen the impact of growth in the number of calls by reducing emergency room visits and the number of patients transported to hospital by considering community paramedic programs used in other municipalities across the province (i.e., using paramedics in non-traditional emergency response roles).

Approving this plan ensures Halton residents, seniors and other high need patients can access the right care, at the right time, in the right place, now, and in the future. By expanding current programs and launching new ones, we will be able to improve health care in our community for our most vulnerable, while reducing the strain on our hospitals – and that’s a win-win situation.

The Plan supports the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s proposal to improve access to health care by leveraging paramedic expertise and expanding the role paramedics play in the community for chronically ill patients, especially seniors. Community paramedic programs could include, but are not limited to, visiting patients in their homes to provide a range of services, including chronic disease management, preventative care, and post-discharge follow-up.

Other highlights from the Master Plan include:

  1. additional ambulances/Emergency Response Unit (ERU) vehicles
  2. additional paramedics and superintendents, and 16 support staff
  3. station expansion to house additional vehicles and staff
  4. modernizing existing IT systems, including enhanced dispatch to vehicle connectivity; staff scheduling and business intelligence/data reporting

Work is already underway to prepare for growth in Halton Region. The new Oakville Paramedic Services Station 14 at Bronte and Pine Glen Rd. in northwest Oakville opened in January 2015. Two additional stations are expected in the next two years: East Milton at 5th Line and Derry Rd.; and southwest Oakville on Rebecca Street.

Subscribe for FREE and STAY informed with OakvilleNews.Org
Advertisement

Tags:

, , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Readers Comments (0)




Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.

%d bloggers like this: