Overcrowding at Regina hospitals prompts cancellation of some procedures
Published Tuesday, December 4, 2012 7:25PM CST
Overcrowding at Regina’s two hospitals has led to the cancellation of some non-surgical elective procedures.
The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region says no surgeries have been cancelled at this point.
However, officials say patients who don’t need urgent care can expect lengthy delays.
At one point Monday, the Regina General Hospital had 91 patients in its emergency department, 24 of whom were waiting for an in-patient bed.
Meanwhile at the Pasqua Hospital, 16 of the nearly 60 patients in the emergency department were waiting for an in-patient bed.
Officials say some elective procedures have been or are likely to be cancelled this week to free up resources and space for trauma and emergency room patients.
They say several steps are being taken to deal with the overcapacity situation, including transferring in-patients from outside the city to their community’s health region.