Increasing Beds at Peterborough Regional Health Centre

Published on November 06, 2020

MPP Dave Smith has announced 45 new beds for Peterborough Regional Health Centre 

Ontario Adding Over 45 Hospital Beds in Peterborough-Kawartha

Investment will Increase Hospital Capacity, Reduce

Surgical Backlogs and Improve Access to Care


Peterborough-Kawartha ― The Ontario government is providing $116.5 million to create up to 766 more beds at 32 hospitals and alternate health facilities across the province. This investment will help reduce surgical backlogs and improve access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic.


In Peterborough-Kawartha, Peterborough Regional Health Centre will be receiving $5,204,400 to create forty-five total patient beds to help alleviate hospital capacity pressures and reduce wait times. This includes two additional ICU beds.


“Today’s announcement highlights that we are laser-focused on improving health care in Peterborough-Kawartha and guaranteeing that those services are there when you need them,” said MPP Dave Smith. “This funding provides us with an opportunity to strengthen health care locally, prepare for increased hospitalization, and combat hallway health care,” MPP Smith added.


The new beds announced today are in addition to the $234.5 million investment for 139 critical care beds and up to 1,349 hospital beds included in Ontario’s fall preparedness plan, Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19. This brings the total investment to $351 million for more than 2,250 new beds at 57 hospitals and alternate health facilities across the province - beds that will add more capacity for hospitals, help with occupancy pressures and support the continuation of surgeries and procedures.


“Our government is making the necessary investments to quickly and effectively increase hospital capacity and reduce wait times for patients and families in Peterborough-Kawartha,” said Minister Elliott. “This additional investment will ensure our health care system is able to respond to future waves of COVID-19 and help patients waiting for surgeries and other procedures get the care they need, faster.”


“On behalf of the hospital’s senior leadership, Board of Directors, and the entire team at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, I would like to thank Minister Elliott, Ontario Health and MPP Smith for today’s very welcome funding news,” said Brenda Weir, Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive at PRHC. “This significant investment into the Peterborough community and the surrounding region will support PRHC to continue providing excellent care for our patients in these unprecedented times, allowing us to add critical care capacity to support our regional role, fund additional acute care beds, and expand our transitional care partnership with Rubidge Retirement Residence to provide up to 30 beds for hospital patients designated Alternate Level of Care.”


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The government is providing $2.8 billion for the COVID-19 fall preparedness plan. It focuses on addressing surges in COVID-19 cases and reducing health service backlogs by:


  • Extending hours for additional priority surgeries and diagnostic imaging;
  • Helping up to 850 alternate level of care patients access proper care in a home or community setting to help free up hospital capacity;
  • Expanding digital health and virtual services, which provide alternatives to in-person care that limit the transmission of COVID-19, while maintaining access to care;
  • Improving access to mental health and addictions services and supports; and
  • Increasing home and community care service by adding 484,000 nursing and therapy visits and 1.4 million personal support worker hours.


The province continues to work with its health sector partners and Ontario Health to develop an integrated health system capacity plan in response to COVID-19. This plan will help ensure hospitals can continue to provide care for COVID-19 patients and treat patients who have been waiting for surgeries and tests. The province will continue to monitor and assess the health system’s needs and address any challenges hospitals may face.


Building on Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, the province’s $30 billion response to the pandemic, the government remains committed to providing necessary resources to protect people’s health and support people, families, workers and business owners. Ontario will release its 2020 Budget and the next phase of Ontario’s Action Plan on November 5, 2020.


With a recent increase in cases of COVID-19, it remains vital for the government to continue to protect vulnerable populations and for each Ontarian to follow public health advice.





  • Ontario previously invested $741 million to help clear the backlog of surgeries and build more capacity in the health care system to effectively manage surges and outbreaks in COVID-19 cases.



  • For additional protection, the Ontario government is encouraging everyone to download the new COVID Alert app on their smart phone from the Apple and Google Play app stores.





Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19.