Thunder Bay hospital plans to redesign emergency department for mental health patients, seeks funding

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is in the midst of planning for a redesign of their emergency department, in order to cater to the growing number of mental health and substance-use patients in northwestern Ontario. Peter Voros, the hospital's executive vice-president of in-patient programs has said that there were 6300 emergency department visits related to mental health and substance use in 2017, which was the second busiest number of visits in the province. However, the current emergency department at the Thunder Bay hospital was not built to provide the kind of care people with mental issues require. Hence, once funding is secured, construction can begin and is expected to take approximately six months to a year to complete. 

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