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A hornets’ nest in Trenton over plans to replace the hospital lab

It’s been a hornets’ nest for the past two months.

Quinte Health Care’s plan to shut down its lab at Trenton Memorial Hospital and replace it with “Point of Care Testing” (POCT) has raised the ire of local doctors, politicians and community members in this town of about 20,000 residents.

QHC plans to close Trenton’s lab in late September.

Doctors say the closure of the lab is the beginning of the end for Trenton’s emergency room – leaving the town with a glorified “first-aid post.” The hospital denies this, arguing the Picton and North Hastings sites maintain ERs with only POCT.

With cuts to nursing staff also part of the plan, the doctors question how emergency room nurses will have the time to safely operate POCT equipment.

POCT has remained controversial far beyond the confines of Trenton.

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Why is the OHA not standing up for hospitals?

You have to wonder about the Ontario Hospital Association and its publicly stated views of the Drummond Commission report.

Upon the release of the report, the OHA publicly welcomed it despite what the Dean of Queen’s University’s Faculty of Medicine refers to as the report’s “anti-hospital sentiment.”

“Overall, the OHA and its member hospitals welcome the perspective that Mr. Drummond brings to the broader public sector and intend to review the report and its recommendations carefully,” the OHA stated in a February 15 release.

That was the last OHA release, on Drummond or anything else.

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