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Home hospitalization will be made available in five more hospitals

Photo: Marie-France Coallier Le Devoir The CHUM, the MUHC, the Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis, and the Pierre-Boucher and Anna-Laberge hospitals will offer home hospitalization within a few months.

The Canadian Press in Quebec

Published yesterday at 8:37 a.m.

  • Quebec

Quebec will deploy the home hospitalization service offer in five more hospitals in the coming months, continuing the implementation of this measure which aims to allow patients to continue their treatment at home while remaining under the supervision of 'a medical team.

The Minister for Health, Sonia Bélanger, announced Tuesday that the Pierre-Boucher Hospital in Longueuil, the Hôtel-Dieu in Lévis , the University of Montreal Hospital Center (CHUM), the Anna-Laberge Hospital in Châteauguay and the McGill University Health Center in Montreal will offer home hospitalization in the coming months.

They will be added to the eight establishments in the greater Montreal and Quebec region which were the subject of an initial announcement last year. Four of them already offer the service, while the other four will do so by the end of the year.

Home hospitalization is done on a voluntary basis. It is offered only to patients whose condition allows it, in the opinion of medical teams, and who have the necessary support at home.

Thanks to devices connected, medical staff are able to monitor the patient's progress remotely. Typically, the patient is given an iPad and this tablet is connected wirelessly to sensors measuring blood pressure, heartbeat, blood sugar or other indicators.

By the same token, the length of hospital stay is reduced, which makes it possible to avoid greater deconditioning. This harmful consequence particularly affects hospitalized seniors.

Four home hospitalization projects are already deployed at the Lakeshore Hospital, the Jewish Hospital of Montreal, the Cité-de-la-Santé in Laval and the Charles-Le Moyne Hospital in Longueuil.

The service will be offered this summer at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital in Montreal and at the Sainte-Agathe Hospital, then this fall at the Enfant- Hôpital Jésus de Québec and at the Pierre-Le Gardeur Hospital in Terrebonne.

During the 2022 electoral campaign, the Coalition Avenir Québec committed to deploying the home hospitalization throughout Quebec by 2026.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116