Sault Area Hospital, the primary medical facility for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, has introduced a new system to help patients with wait times. The hospital has introduced a wait time clock on its website, letting people know the approximate amount of time it will take them to see a doctor or nurse practitioner.
Of course, when it comes to the emergency room, certain medical issues are dire enough to need immediate treatment, and hospitals have triage policies in place to deal with those situations. Many emergency room patients, however, can physically afford to wait for some period of time rather than booking an appointment. Sault Area Hospital's wait time clock lets people know the amount of patients being treated, the amount of patients currently waiting, and the amount of time that this means a new patient would have to wait.