Busiest pediatric ER in B.C: Surrey hospital ‘overrun’ as sick kids get hallway medicine – CTV

Nov. 24, 2022

The surge in sick kids has B.C.’s Surrey Memorial Hospital seeing quadruple as many patients as their emergency department was designed for, and 100 more kids per day than last year – making it one of the busiest pediatric units in the country.

Much of the attention during the fall spike in respiratory viruses among children has been directed at BC Children’s Hospital, where they activated an emergency department overflow on Tuesday, but Surrey is facing a much more serious situation.

“The pediatric ER has been overrun for a while now and we have expanded into the adult side, where right now we’re using two treatment beds,” said Dr. Randeep Gill, an emergency physician at SMH.

“We’re seeing approximately 250 kids per day during the surge but it was built for 72 patient visits per day.”

Read more: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/busiest-pediatric-er-in-b-c-surrey-hospital-overrun-as-sick-kids-get-hallway-medicine-1.6166627

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