Winnipeg to get community paramedics to reduce ER waits

City of Winnipeg officials have confirmed community paramedics will soon be available to residents.
A new program will see community paramedic vehicles like this one hit the streets of Winnipeg. (Submitted)

City of Winnipeg officials have confirmed community paramedics will soon be available to residents.

Last month, CBC reported the city was launching a system to reduce the number of non-emergency patients from tying up ambulances.

The system will see calls deemed non-urgent by 911 operators referred to community paramedics, who will treat people on-scene out of smaller vehicles.

The vehicles won’t be able to transport patients.

According to city officials, more than half of all emergency department visits are for non-urgent issues that could be dealt with outside of the hospital.