Improving Patient Access In Guelph By Adding More Nurses

McGuinty Government Ensuring Right Care, At Right Time, In Right Place

May 18, 2012

Ontariois strengthening the health care system and ensuring residents inWaterloo-Wellingtonreceive quality care close to home by creating 55.6 nursing positions.

More than 900 nursing positions will be created throughout the health care system – in hospitals, long-term care homes, public health, primary health care, and through home care and community care. Examples of the nursing positions in Waterloo-Wellington LHIN include:

  • 12 nurses to care for long-term care home residents with complex and challenging behaviours
  • 12 telemedicine nurses who support patients in remote areas while they receive care from specialists through video hook-up
  • 9 nurses working in schools to identify and support students with mental health or addiction issues
  • 6 Rapid Response Nurses to provide the first in-home nursing visit to patients with high-risk conditions within 24 hours of being discharged from hospital.
  • 1.6 nurses who provide dedicated care to non-urgent ambulance patients arriving in hospital ERs
  • 3 Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics to provide comprehensive, accessible and coordinated family health care services to populations who have difficulty accessing a primary care provider.
  • 6 surgical first assist nurses who support the surgeon and the rest of the operating room team
  • 2 nurses who visit long-term care home residents, helping them avoid unnecessary visits to the hospital emergency department 
  • 2 nurses who identify and help teenagers and young adults with suspected first episodes of psychosis
  • 1 nurse practitioner who will help manage care for people with eating disorders
  • 1 patient navigator nurse who will be supporting cancer care patients while they are being diagnosed.

Liz Sandals also spent last Friday with nurses from Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Public Health as they provided care toGuelpharea residents.

Taking part in the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s annual Take Your MPP To Work Day, Liz had the opportunity to see the difference these nurses make in patients’ lives.

The creation of more nursing positions to ensure the right care, at the right time, in the right place is part of the McGuinty government's Action Plan for Health Care and builds upon the gains made in health care since 2003.


“Nurses are fundamental to building the best possible health care system. Residents throughoutGuelphwill have better access to the health care services they need with the creation of these nursing positions.”

— Liz Sandals, MPP forGuelph

 “These new nurses will improve frontline care by making sure patients get the right care where and when they need it.  No one works more closely with patients than our nurses, who play key roles coordinating home care and providing preventative care in long-term care homes, outreach services in the community and surgical support in our hospitals.”

-Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

 The health and well being of Waterloo Wellington residents is greatly enhanced through the care, work and commitment demonstrated by our local nurses - every day.  The wide range of care we receive from these dedicated and highly-skilled professionals ensures that people stay healthy, get good care when they are sick, and support as we get well.  The new nursing positions support our residents to have better health and better futures. 

- Bruce Lauckner, CEO, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network


  • There are over 126,573 nurses employed in nursing inOntario-- 15,000 more than in 2003.
  • Over two thirds of nurses are working full time inOntario– an increase of approximately 33 per cent since 2003.


Find out about HealthForceOntario’s nursing initiatives.

Read more about the government is supporting nurses.

Get more information about the 900 new nursing positions.

Learn about the RNAO’s Take Your MPP to Work Day




For more information, please contact:

Julie Ellis

Office of Liz Sandals, MPP

(519) 836-4190

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