Big changes are coming to local health care, and starting next week, The Scarborough Hospital is taking that message to the community.
Hospital officials have previously held meetings to let residents know a new provincial funding formula will make it necessary to move some services out of its Birchmount or General campuses.
Under review, for example, is the Maternal Newborn and Child Care Program. The hospital has recently noted “a signficant decrease” in deliveries at both campuses and estimates it could save up to $5 million by consolidating the program at one campus.
Other choices will be recommended in a consultant’s strategic review for the hospital, which is expected to be finished and released by January.
TSH, meanwhile, is asking residents to come to community meetings “to share information” with residents and gather their opinions.
The Centre for Information and Community Services on Midland Avenue hosts the first evening meeting next Thursday, Dec. 13.
Others follow at Birkdale Community Centre on Dec. 17, Warden Woods Community Centre on Jan. 9, Malvern Community Recreation Centre on Jan. 10 and Cedarbrook Community Centre on Jan. 14.
All the meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m.