Bring back masks? Concern grows as Calgary children’s hospital increasingly overwhelmed – CTV

Dec. 4, 2022

Concern about Alberta’s overwhelmed health-care system grew Saturday after an announcement by AHS that they were shifting health-care workers to accommodate swelling admissions at Alberta Children’s Hospital.

AHS announced Friday that respite admissions at Rotary Flames House in Calgary are being paused in order to redeploy staff to Alberta Children’s Hospital.

In the announcement, AHS said in a statement Friday that the decision was due to “sustained high volumes of acutely ill patients requiring care in our emergency department, pediatric intensive care and inpatient units.”

Sean Rooney, whose young son Dominic spent the last few months of his life at the Rotary Flames House, said the care his family received there was crucial.

“The amount of care that we got there and respect and, you know, just even respite for both of us, my wife and I,” Rooney said. “It was just incredible and I can’t imagine not having had that at that time in his treatment.”

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