Victoria accredited general hospital serving southern Winnipeg. Recent changes

Victoria General
Hospital, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is an accredited general hospital
serving southern Winnipeg. Recent changes in the Winnipeg Regional Health
Authority have designated Victoria Hospital as a 24-7 urgent care centre with
an additional focus on rehab and care for the elderly. Established in 1911
under the name Victoria Public Hospital, the hospital moved from its River
Avenue location to its current location on Pembina Highway in 1971. The
hospital has a centralized pharmacy where pharmacy staff take care of the
medication needs of the entire hospital, including IV admixture service and
unit-dose preparation.

 

Background/history:

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            The
Victoria Public Hospital was established in 1911 by a physician named Thomas
Beath (1868-1923). Dr. Beath constructed a five-storey brick building located
at 424 River Avenue, Winnipeg. Named after Queen Victoria, this modern hospital
operated in that area until it was moved to its present location at 2340
Pembina Highway in 1971. It was renamed The Victoria General Hospital during
this time. Now the Victoria General Hospital’s Emergency Room Department is an
urgent care centre and the facility mainly focuses on sub-acute care, inpatient
mental health services, and the care of the elderly.

 

Hospital Overview:

            Today,
the Victoria General Hospital provides short term care. With all the support
services this hospital has, the patients are able to reduce their length of
stay to less than 30 days. With a capacity of 186 beds, Victoria General
Hospital provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services.
      

 

Surgical departments:

Outpatient Surgery:
Also referred to day-surgery, are the majority of procedures performed at
Victoria General Hospital. Day-surgeries are procedures where the patient does
not need an overnight hospital stay and can go home right after. The hospital
has an updated surgery centre and is expanding in this area of day-surgeries.
So far the day surgeries at Victoria include cataract surgery, lumpectomy,
gallbladder removal, and small joint repairs.

Medical departments:

Cardiology Clinic:
The medical study of diseases of the heart and treatment of heart disorders.

Oncology Clinic: The studies and treats soft tissue masses, melanoma, gastric
cancer and advanced pelvic/retroperitoneal malignancies.

Bariatric Care: Providing healthcare for people suffering from extreme
obesity.

 

Support Services:     

Physical Therapy: Also known as physiotherapy, is the care that aims to ease the
pain and help the patient regain normal mobility to function and live better.

Occupational Therapy: The therapy for people recovering from physical injury or mental
illness. The goal is for people to perform daily functions on their own.

Speech Therapy: Helping people overcome their speech impediments and language
problems and enable them to speak more clearly.

Transitional Care: This helps patients move from one level of care setting to
another. The ultimate goal being moved from a hospital care setting to the
patient’s home.

Diabetes Education Centre: offers diabetes education to patients referred by their
doctors. A nurse and a registered dietitian are on hand to assist and educate
patients regarding their health and diet. These are provided in a group classes
or individual diabetes management counselling. An endocrinologist is also
available for consultation.

Audiology: Provides therapy of individuals having impaired hearing.

Mental Health; Resources are available for patients with emotional,
psychological or behavioural disorders. The Victoria General Hospital will
increase its inpatient mental health services and improve access to
psychiatrists for the Mental Health inpatients.

 

Accreditation:

With its most recent
accreditation being granted in April of 2016, Victoria General’s next
accreditation is set for April of 2020. An accreditation certificate from
Accreditation Canada is posted for visitors to see on the hospital’s main floor
near the Tim Horton’s. This certificate shows that the hospital has met the
requirements of Accreditation Canada and shown a commitment to quality
improvement. As the name states, the
Victoria General Hospital is a general hospital. General hospitals do not
specialize in the treatment of any specific illness or type of patient, they
are instead a place where patients with a variety of ailments are given care.

 

 

Mission statement:

The hospital proudly
displays its mission statement at its main entrance for visitors to see.
Providing an outline of the hospital’s philosophy, the mission statement is as
follows: “We are dedicated to advancing healthcare at the Victoria Hospital and
in our community. We engage our community, health experts and other
stakeholders to identify, support and fund innovations that enhance patient
care and improve the health and well-being of our community.”  Along with the hospital’s mission statement, the WRHA South
Winnipeg’s mission statement, vision, values, and commitments are also posted
for visitors to see. The region’s mission is “to coordinate the deliver safe and
caring services that promote health and well-being”, with the vision of
“Healthy people. Vibrant communities. Equitable care for all.” The region holds
dignity, care, respect, equity, and accountability as its core values and has a
commitment to innovation, excellence, and stewardship.

 

Pharmacy overview:

With a centralized
pharmacy located on the ground floor of the hospital, the pharmacy staff
provide services to patients in the following areas: Medicine, Surgery, Urgent
Care, Mental Health, and Critical Care. The pharmacy is open days and evenings
daily, including on the weekends with a pharmacist on-call after hours. Every
floor has a DocuMed, storing commonly used medications that nurses can access
after pharmacy hours. The pharmacy makes good use of automation and technology,
using both a Pyxis machine and an AutoMed-FastPak. In the past, STAT and
interim doses were delivered to the units by volunteers, but this is now the
responsibility of pharmacy technicians and assistants. The WRHA website states
that “Pharmacy technicians and assistants aid delivery of pharmaceutical
care through support of the computerized (BDM), unit-dose (Pyxis; AutoMed) drug
distribution system. Pharmacy technicians and assistants also support a limited
centralized IV admixture service, including preparation of TPN, investigational
drugs services, purchasing and inventory control systems.” 1

Conclusion:

            Victoria
General Hospital has gone through many changes over its history, beginning in
1911 as the Victoria Public Hospital, located on River Avenue. Since then the
hospital has changed names, locations, and grown in both size and number of
services provided. The hospital continues to evolve, demonstrated by the recent
changes to the emergency department. The medication needs of the hospital are
met by its centralized pharmacy, located on the hospital’s ground floor. Here,
staff work hard to provide pharmacy services of the highest quality.