05/21/2015 18:38 EDT | Updated 05/21/2016 01:12 EDT

Saskatoon health region looking to get rid of hallway hospital beds

SASKATOON - The Saskatoon Health Region is looking for a cure for hallway medicine.Over the next few weeks, 20 hospital beds crammed in locations where they shouldn't be will be closed.Nilesh Kavia, vice-president of finance and corporate service for the region, says these are beds that are designed for two beds, but over time a third bed has been put in.Kavia says although the beds are not physically located in the hallway, they are labelled as such because they are not equipped with everything a normal bed would have.Sixteen of the 20 beds that will be removed by June 5 are at Royal University Hospital.The others are at St. Paul's, City and the Irene and Leslie Dube Mental Health Centre."Many of those inappropriate beds don't have all the functionalities that a proper hospital bed should have. Many of them don't have curtains, many of them don't have call bells," Kavia said.The health region is also identifying patients who no longer need a bed."That bed may have been taken by somebody who can be better served in a long-term care facility, in an alternate care facility, in a home care setting," said Sandra Blevins, vice president of integrated health services for the Saskatoon Health Region.She added more funding is now being directed to home care as a result.Blevins also said the hospital is looking at scheduling issues to free up beds more quickly.(CKOM)