Doctors warn Alberta’s pediatric hospitals in ‘chaos’ as more children face care delays – CBC

5 outpatient clinics at Alberta Children’s Hospital now postponing patient care as viral illnesses surge

Dec 06, 2022

Doctors in Alberta are calling on the provincial government to take swift and transparent action to address the crisis facing pediatric hospitals.

The Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH) in Calgary and the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton are overwhelmed by an unprecedented surge of respiratory illnesses including influenza, RSV and COVID-19.

Dozens of health-care workers have been redeployed in an effort to relieve pressure at ACH and Alberta Health Services confirmed Monday the hospital is now postponing some outpatient care.

“Right now it just feels like we’re playing chicken in terms of whether the numbers are going to go down or whether the system is going to collapse,” said Dr. Shazma Mithani, an ER physician at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

“That is certainly not a smart way to do this because it puts lives at risk.”

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