‘Perfect storm’ has Albertans waiting long hours in backlogged hospital emergency rooms – CBC

COVID-19, postponed care, staffing shortages all factors: expert

Oct 26, 2022

Zolton Yaremie is weary after an exhausting ordeal at the emergency room with his daughter.

The family lives in Andrew, Alta., so he first took nine-year-old Hailey to the hospital in Lamont, about 30 kilometres away, when her abdominal pain became severe on Friday.

Unable to get a CT scan at in Lamont, Yaremie and Hailey were told to go to the emergency department at Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital — a 70-kilometre drive away.

The pair arrived around 1:30 p.m. “By the time we actually got in and sat in a bed, I think it was just after 10 p.m.,” Yaremie said.

On Monday, the little girl still wasn’t feeling better. So they returned to the emergency room for another eight-hour wait.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/albertan-wait-emergency-rooms-1.6630301

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