Online tool aims to reduce ER wait times in Winnipeg


WINNIPEG — The body overseeing health care in Winnipeg has launched an online tool it hopes will reduce wait times in the city’s emergency rooms.

WINNIPEG — The body overseeing health care in Winnipeg has launched an online tool it hopes will reduce wait times in the city’s emergency rooms.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority now provides real-time wait information at participating walk-in clinics, emergency departments and urgent care centres.

Wait times have increased this season as the province deals with COVID-19, seasonal flu and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

Some doctors at the health authority say the new tool won’t solve longer wait times at hospitals, but it will help people with less urgent needs get care faster.

They say a shortage of staff in all areas of the health care system continues to be the main cause of high wait times.

Doctors Manitoba, which represents doctors and medical students, says the province’s doctor shortage is at an all-time high.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 24, 2022.

The Canadian Press




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