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By Stew Kernan
Wait times at the emergency department at Health Sciences North was the topic of a meeting held today.
Officials from H-S-N, the Northeast Local Health Integration Network and the Community Care Access Centre have been asked to come up with proposals aimed at getting people through the E-R quicker after complaints from some who spent as much as 19 hours in the E-R.
Preliminary solutions include getting people from out of town back to their own communities sooner after receiving the care they need, improving weekend service and decreasing the time it takes for a patient to be discharged.
Apparently not on the table is the reopening of 30 beds at the Sudbury Outpatient Clinic, formerly known as the Memorial site.
The parties are to come up with concrete plans to be presented at a meeting later this week.
Average wait times in the local E-R range from 9.5 hours for those with complex conditions to 4.3 hours for minor or uncomplicated conditions.