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BC Children’s Hospital opens overflow ER amid patient surge

BC Children’s Hospital is seeing a “surge storm” in younger sufferers, prompting the ability to open an overflow unit for his or her emergency division.

CTV News has obtained an inside memo despatched to all workers and care suppliers at BC Women’s and Children’s hospitals on Tuesday, advising them that they’re now “triaging lower level acuity patients from the emergency department to a separate overflow area” with a view to “manage the high volume of patients.”

The doc describes the emergency division “mostly seeing viral illnesses, including Enterovirus/Rhinovirus, and now increasing presentations of influenza and RSV, as well as steady COVID-19.” It signifies that the hospitals anticipate to see much more sick kids come by means of the doorways.

Shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday, the posted wait to be seen by a physician at BC Children’s Hospital was 11 hours and 52 minutes.


As CTV News reported final week, pediatric surgical procedures are being cancelled and delayed because the scant ICU beds out there for youngsters recovering from life-improving or -saving procedures are occupied by kids struggling to breathe on their very own on account of severe respiratory sickness.

Rachel Armstrong’s son, Jackson, is certainly one of them. He’s been ready for insertion of a mechanical valve into his aorta since May, with a number of tentative and confirmed surgical procedure dates postponed in that point.

“This’ll be (surgery) number 11 that we’re waiting on now … They all know Jackson by name. We’re no stranger to the hospital,” she stated, talking to CTV News within the Abbotsford lodge the place they’ve been staying for weeks.

They’ve been travelling to the Lower Mainland from Kamloops for the surgical procedure and have been so annoyed with the final cancellation, they’re now going to the hospital weekly for checkups and to bodily make themselves seen and heard.

“We’re a long ways from home, a long ways from our life, so it’s been a little bit lonely, a little bit frustrating for sure,” stated Rachel, who’s supervising Jackson’s on-line studying within the meantime.

“Every time (the surgery) gets re-booked, it keeps getting pushed back, so we’re not even certain it’s going to happen in December like they tell us.”

CTV News has obtained an inside memo despatched to all workers and care suppliers at BC Women’s and Children’s hospitals on Tuesday.


On Friday, Canada’s pediatric health-care staff issued a press release, saying longstanding backlogs, workers shortages, a brutal respiratory virus season, rising psychological well being admissions and COVID-19 have “overwhelmed child and youth health-care systems.”

The well being minister refuses to say what number of pediatric surgical procedures have been cancelled in British Columbia, however a pediatric cardiac surgeon at BCCH says he’s barely carried out any non-emergency procedures in weeks, and he’s not the one surgeon breaking the information to anxious dad and mom.

“There are definitely children that are being impacted,” stated Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi at a press convention with the BC Green Party final week.

“I can tell you that plenty of mine have been. It’s been routine that my cases have been cancelled over the past several weeks.”

Worried dad and mom have advised CTV News that they perceive hospitals are struggling, however poor communication from hospital officers is just including to their stress.

“There are so many families waiting right now and nobody has answers and everyone’s waiting and feeling a lot of uncertainty,” agreed Armstrong. “We just want to know answers (about what to expect) and what they’re going to do for all of the families, for all of us.” 



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