Ten beds will close for about two weeks this summer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Health PEI officials say they're making significant strides in reducing the number of hospital bed closures required during the summer months.

This summer 10 beds will be closed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown. There will be no bed closures in the other Island hospitals.

That compares to a total of 31 in Charlottetown and Summerside last year and 75 across the province back in 2009.
The length of time the beds need to be closed has also been reduced.

Pam Trainor, executive director of acute care with Health PEI,  said a lot of work has been done on staffing resources in the summer months.

Trainor credits support from nursing staff, noting that a number of part-time nurses agree to work extra shifts in the summer to ensure their colleagues can get time off.

"We are also reducing the amount of time that elective surgeries are reduced," said she said.

"So this year, it is only for a two-week period. In past years it would have been anywhere from three to five weeks. That wouldn't include elective orthopedic surgical services. We're actually not reducing those over the summer. So those will continue." 

The bed closures at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital will be for the period from Aug. 1-18

The OR slow down will be during the same period,