The Health Sciences Centre will soon be home to 50 new beds. 

The Manitoba government announced Monday that they are adding 35 medicine, 10 psychiatric and five surgical beds to reduce wait times and increase surgical capacity.

“These beds will reduce overcrowding in HSC’s emergency department, meaning less time spent in the waiting room,” said Premier Wab Kinew. “It’s going to help less acute patients, like seniors waiting to get into long-term care, get the care they need. Our budget delivers on our commitment to rebuild health care with a focus on staffing up the system after years of cuts. These beds will help make a difference.”

Over $65 million was allocated in the 2024 budget to reduce emergency room wait times. This includes staffing funding for 151 new acute care beds at hospitals across the province, including those at HSC.  27 of the 50 beds at HSC have been staffed and opened. 

Grace Hospital is also in the process of opening 31 new medical and surgical beds, including ten, as part of a new family medicine program being established. Since they were announced in November, five have been staffed and opened to provide care to Manitobans. Another 36 acute care beds at St. Boniface Hospital will open in phases later this spring.