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Inpatient Department

What does inpatient mean?

The term “Inpatient” refers to patients who stay in a hospital overnight or for a longer amount of time as their care plans require.


WAHA has three Inpatient Departments:

  • Weeneebayko General Hospital (WGH)
  • Fort Albany Hospital
  • Attawapiskat Hospital

What is acute care?

Acute care means active but short-term care until the patient is stabilized to be moved for treatment in another department or to a southern hospital.

WAHA’s acute care services include:

  • Obstetrics
  • Medical/Surgery Services
  • Pediatrics
  • Palliative Care
  • Special Care Unit

Patient transfers

WAHA patients needing more complex acute care are sent from Fort Albany and Attawapiskat hospitals to WGH in Moose Factory.

Patients are also sent to Kingston General Hospital and Timmins District Hospital on occasions where they require additional care.

Coordination of Care

WAHA Inpatient Departments work collaboratively with other WAHA services/programs to provide acute care for patients with a severe injury or illness, urgent medical condition, or recovery from surgery.

To provide the best patient care possible, the inpatient department coordinates services with some of the following:

  • Social Services
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Diabetes Program
  • Home Care
  • Community Mental Health Services and/or the Psychiatric Nurse at WGH


Admissions to WAHA’s Inpatient Departments are done through referrals by a physician.