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More Beds, Sooner

Dr. Rex Dunn

The Cape Breton District Health Authority's vice president of medicine says a shortage of acute care beds has lead to an increase in the cancellation of surgeries.

Dr. Rex Dunn says they I've developed a new system for discharging patients in the hopes of freeing up more beds, sooner.

Under the new system, patients will receive a discharge planning booklet when they are admitted so they can better plan for their post-hospital care.

Included with that will be an estimated day of discharge, along with the set check-out time of 11:00 am.

Dunn says they won't be doing anything new, but it will be more organized.

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