Children with complex care needs may soon have a single destination in Ottawa for all of their treatments, thanks to a new facility being offered to CHEO with funding from the Government of Ontario.
CHEO, the pediatric health and research center serving Eastern Ontario, on Friday announced plans for 1Door4Care, a new building on its main campus that will jointly offer occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy. and autism.
Currently, children with multiple special needs are forced to migrate between up to eight different locations in the region for the treatments mentioned above.
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The burden on families has only worsened amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CHEO CEO Alex Munter said in a statement announcing the new facility.
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“Children and youth with special needs, medical complexities and mental health issues have long deserved better and faster access to care,” he said.
“This new building will bring together care teams, family supports and technology under one roof so that 40,000 children and their families get the care they need – when, where and how they need it. “
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The province is providing funding for 1Door4Care as part of its 2021 budget commitments and an additional $ 240 million recently announced to reduce wait times and improve the health system‘s capacity to serve children with special needs.
A spokesperson for Merrilee Fullerton, Ontario Minister for Children, Community and Social Services, told Global News on Friday that there are currently no cost estimates for the project, which will be the subject of a call for tenders.
Final costs and a construction schedule are expected following the announcement of the successful bidder, according to the spokesperson.
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