It gives me great pleasure to rise today to inform the house and all Islanders that wait times for the emergency departments at Queen Elizabeth and Prince County Hospitals are now available online.
This interactive tool will provide real-time data to Islanders and help them to make informed decisions about where to access care.
Making wait times available online will also help the public better understand how emergency departments prioritize patient care.
The estimated wait time is a reflection of how long a patient waits to see a physician from the time they are registered as a patient and is an average of the wait times experienced by similar patient types over the past few hours.
Emergency department triage nurses assess a person’s health condition based on their presenting symptoms and categorize them as one of three patient types: most urgent, urgent, or less than urgent.
The environment in our emergency departments can change quite quickly and dramatically based on the number of patients coming into the department and how sick or critical they are which often impacts how long other patients may have to wait to be seen by a physician.
The estimated wait times for each patient type will update every five minutes. Wait times are available at healthpei.ca/waittimes.
While this new interactive feature can help Islanders decide where to access their health care needs, Islanders with life-threatening emergencies should always call 9-1-1.