By Gary Carr
Friday, May 29, 2015 9:53 am ·  0 Comments
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:
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.
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