Thousands of patients waiting for rehabilitation

Des milliers de patients en attente de réadaptation

MONTREAL | The pandemic of the COVID-19 has had important impacts, especially with respect to rehabilitation patients who are on long waiting lists.

Because of the health crisis, the Hôpital de réadaptation Villa Medica has been forced to close 20 of its 140 beds. Some patients, therefore, have not been able to receive care.

This is the case of Isabel Lopez, who suffered a cerebral vascular accident (STROKE). However, it has not been able to get to the Villa Medica in order to follow his treatment.

Fortunately, she was able to have an appointment with a physiotherapist through the application Zoom.

Villa Medica has moved equipment to the CLSC de Rosemont in order to help twenty patients.

“There was concern about the status of certain patients. We saw that the development was not as favourable as we wanted. There was also a whole section of the population who do not have access to these technologies,” says Nathalie Trudel, assistant to the director of customer programs.

“We wanted to have a place to be able to see them in person and continue to accompany them in their rehabilitation,” adds Ms. Trudel.

The Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec is concerned about the delays, especially when one knows that it had before the health crisis.

“There are conditions that if they are not taken early enough, can eventually develop into chronic problems. This person will have to deal with it and continue to live with it afterwards,” says president Denis Pelletier.

Before the crisis, there was 20 000 people on the waiting list to the public and all the evidence suggests that this number has increased in the last few months.


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