Overcrowding in Montreal Children’s Hospital results in call for patients to avoid ER – GLOBAL

July 18, 2022

The Montreal Children’s Hospital was experiencing a high volume of patients requiring hospitalization or critical care on the weekend and it resulted inasking the public to avoid bringing their kids if the situation was non-urgent.

“This increase puts a strain on emergency services, who need to care for patients waiting for a bed,” said a statement from the hospital on Sunday. “As a result, we are currently unable to see patients whose condition is non-urgent.”

Montreal public health said the Children’s Hospital ER occupancy rate is 192 per cent, the second highest rate among all hospitals in the city.

Dr. Robert Barnes, the hospital’s associate director of professional services, said ER wait times were currently up to 18 hours and didn’t know when the wait would decrease.

He said the hospital was not seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, but rather infections of all kinds.

Read more: https://globalnews.ca/news/8996872/montreal-childrens-hospital-overcrowding/

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