Best practices

Aligned with national and best practices

The WRHA plan builds on best practices from two extensive health system reviews - one conducted by KPMG in 2017 and an earlier review co-authored by Dr. David Peachey and commissioned by the Province in 2015.

For example, when we look at emergency services and wait times in other cities, we see that more does not equal better. Larger cities in Canada have fewer 24-7 emergency departments and lower wait times. This proves that grouping emergency services in specific sites can improve wait times.

City | population (2016) Number of 24/7
Emergency Departments
Average wait time
Calgary | 1,469,300 4 3.2 hours
Vancouver Metro | 2,548,700 4 2.3 hours
Ottawa | 1,351,100 4 3.4 hours
Winnipeg | 811,900 6 5.5 hours

We will make sure our staffing mix is in line with national standards and will implement a plan to share services in line with what works in other Canadian health systems.

Currently, lengths of stay in our system are 15 to 20 per cent above the national average. Improved patient flow and home and community care strategies will address this.

Tailored to the specific needs of our region

While we are using national standards and best practices to guide our approach, the WRHA's plan also considers the specific needs of the people we serve - from patients and their families, to healthcare providers and workers, to partners and stakeholders. It is designed to predict and meet the needs of people in our region now and in the future.