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B.C. unveiling 24/7 'Hospital At Home' program to relieve hospital staff ahead of fall

Last Updated Sep 10, 2020 at 7:40 am PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — To help limit the spread of COVID-19 at hospitals and to reduce the demand for hospital beds — the province has unveiled the “Hospital At Home” program.

On Wednesday, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said $42.3 million will be invested in the program, and patients will not have to step foot into a hospital if they get the virus this fall.

“Through hospital at home, admitted patients — who meet the criteria — will be offered 24 seven care at home, rather than staying in a hospital, but remain under the direct care of the hospital,” Dix said.

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Premier John Horgan said it’s also another way to help slow down the virus’s spread and provide relief for hospital staff.

“For many patients, especially the elderly, this means that they will be able to avoid complications that oftentimes emerge in our acute care facilities. Hospitals at home reduce pressure on hospitals because we go into the flu season. We make sure that our hospitals are not congested when they don’t have to be,” Horgan said.

The program will first launch at Victoria General Hospital, and expand to other hospitals across the province in the coming months.