Summer baby boom, ‘staffing challenges’ strain hospital resources: LHSC

Parents expecting the birth of a child within the next two months should exercise patience, the London Health Sciences Center said on Monday.

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Parents expecting the birth of a child within the next two months should exercise patience, the London Health Sciences Center said on Monday.

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The traditional summer “baby boom” is underway, the hospital said, but its capacity is being affected by a staff shortage.

“Due to the high volume of patients as well as some staffing issues we are experiencing, we ask for your patience as we strive to provide high quality care to all of our patients,” said Amanda Williams, Program Director. Women’s Care at LHSC. in a report.

Planned births, called inductions, are particularly affected, the hospital said.

“Scheduled inductions may have their date changed as we navigate an influx of spontaneous births,” said Tracey Crumley, chief of the hospital’s department of obstetrics and gynecology.

“Rest assured that each patient’s case is individually reviewed and prioritized daily based on medical need. For those awaiting a scheduled induction, you will be contacted when it is time to come to the hospital.

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Parents may also experience longer waits in the outpatient clinic and OB triage area, the hospital said, and patients may not receive the type of room they requested in the mother-care unit- child as it may not be available.

The LHSC said its triage unit on B4 is open 24 hours a day.

A hospital spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

The LHSC said summer is its busiest time for births. In July and August 2021, 1,115 babies were born at LHSC. The hospital set a monthly birth record in July 2021 when 561 babies were born.

One day last month, two sets of twins and a pair of triplets were born, the hospital said.

More than 5,850 babies are born each year at LHSC.