The Montreal Children’s Hospital participates in an effort to increase capacity by caring for MUHC adult patients

In response to the MSSS's request to increase our capacity to accommodate COVID-19 patients, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and its healthcare workers are collaborating to undertake an important délestage (decreasing of regular activities to liberate and redeploy staff).

The Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is participating in a significant way. As of December 23, 11 post-op adult patients at the Royal Victoria Hospital were transferred into the care of the teams at the MCH. In an effort to further meet the increasing demand, adult patients were also admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. This collaboration demonstrates a great deal of solidarity between the various teams from across the MUHC and shows how united the healthcare staff is in dealing with the second wave of the pandemic.

Dr. Robert Barnes, Associate Director of Professional Services at the Montreal Children's Hospital, is pleased to be able to lend a hand to adult patients: " “Our adult MUHC colleagues are running full tilt, and relocating staff significantly, to care for so many sick adults.  The pandemic is not letting up.  Just like during the first wave in the spring, we at the Children’s want to contribute to the cause as best we can.  Our fellow Quebecers will do their part by reducing the spread of this virus.”

Since September, the MUHC has seen 337 patients with COVID-19 compared to 578 in the first wave.