GGH redeploys staff and resources to create a temporary medical unit in response to COVID-19
In March, elective surgeries and procedures were cancelled in all Ontario hospitals. In just five days, our staff transformed Day Surgery and the Post Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU, but more commonly known as Recovery) into a new inpatient unit referred to as 3 East and PACU/ICU B. Five days to move around beds, furniture, supplies and develop a staffing plan. It was an incredible example of how nimble and adaptable our staff have been when responding to COVID-19.
In 3 East and PACU/ICU B the patients were some of the most vulnerable; our seniors, post-surgical patients as well as complex ICU cases. This committed, new team of nurses was redeployed from a wide variety of programs, with many volunteering to return to the bedside and switch from 8-hour to 12-hour shifts and work nights. The nurses identified opportunities to reduce the stress associated with living in a pandemic by celebrating birthdays, placing pictures on the windows, playing music and going the extra mile with the care provided to every patient. The Hospital is so proud of this team!
Now, with the Province asking hospitals to prepare to ramp up elective surgeries and procedures, this area is being reverted back to its original functions. Once again, our great team will be called upon and once again, they’ll answer the call with professionalism, compassion and commitment.