A lack of long-term-care beds has overwhelmed the South Shore Regional Hospital’s emergency room, and there’s apparently no end in sight to the chronic problem.
“It’s all entirely dependent on any movement freeing up long-term-care beds,” said spokeswoman Liz Finney on October 4, the day after announcing the emergency department was over capacity and non-critical patients were urged to seek help elsewhere.
“We’ve been in this situation a number of times since August.”
Last week, vice-president of Health Services Janet Simm said the emergency department had a high number of patients waiting for admission, but no beds available to move them into.
“The situation is compounded by our having a high number of medically discharged patients waiting for long-term-care facility beds. In fact, we have seen this number double in the past year.”
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