Being one of the most popular and most populated towns in the Durham Region and the GTA, Whitby town is served by several public and private health facilities with the main hospital, Lakeridge Health Oshawa, being within the neighboring city of Oshawa. It is worth noting that this hospital is the largest public healthcare facility in the entire Durham Region and one of the largest in the country for that matter.
Lakeridge Health Oshawa
This state-of-the-art facility which is located at 1 Hospital Ct was established in the early 1900s as a simple two-story structure but currently offers 24-hour health care services to all residents of Whitby town and Oshawa city. The hospital has come a long way from what it once was and currently houses various independent wings include a surgery, maternity, and emergency wing.
After the Lakeridge Health Corporation took over the management of all public hospitals in the Durham region in 1998, Lakeridge Health Oshawa was assigned to serve the people of Whitby, a move that was followed by the closure of the only public hospital in the town, Lakeridge Health Whitby, due to inadequateness.
Currently, Lakeridge Health Oshawa which has a bed capacity of 363 continues to serve the town of Whitby despite the partial re-opening of Lakeridge Health near Whitby ON ina bid to reduce Lakeridge Health Oshawa’s workload. The hospital works around 80,000 emergency cases and closes to 30,000 surgeries every year as conclude from a study conducted in 2006 and 2007. Despite its size, there are still plans to further expand Lakeridge Health Oshawa and double its bed capacity.
Lakeridge Health Whitby
This is the only major public hospital in Whitby and one of the oldest in the Durham region. The facility was formally shut down by the Lakeridge Health Corporation after its formation in 1998 but was later reinstated by the town’s administration but to operate as a specialty clinic. As such, the hospital currently offers a plethora of services like palliative care, dementia care, day hospital, dialysis, and geriatrics. There are plans underway for the construction of a new public health facility that will take over some of the current and former duties of Lakeridge Health Whitby after Lakeridge Health Whitby was termed as needing major overhauls and renovations to bring it up to par with modern requirements.
Other notable hospitals and healthcare centers in Whitby, ON include Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Barb’s Braebrook Bud Palace, TrueNorth Medical Centre, and Brooklin Medical Centre among others.