COURTENAY, B.C- More hospital beds for seniors are being made available in the Comox Valley.

According to an announcement from Island Health, 17 interim beds are being opened up at the Comox Valley in order to ensure care for frail, elderly people. The beds are expected to be in place until late 2020, when around 151 permanent beds are expected to be available.

“Island Health is opening 17 beds on Floor 4B at the North Island Hospital’s Comox Valley campus,” read the announcement.

“The beds are expected to open in early September. Over the short and medium term, these beds will be used to help alleviate patient capacity pressures due, in part, to patients waiting to transition home or to a community-based complex care facility.”

Island Health stated that they will be looking at options for the use of patient beds on Floor 4B in the long term, which is part of their regional planning.

“Island Health is also partnering with St. Joseph’s to open 21 interim complex care beds and three interim respite care beds,” read the announcement.

“These beds are expected to open in early September and will be located in the former St. Joseph’s hospital site.”

We’ve reached out to Island Health for more details on their plans for the beds.