In a Facebook post made by Sault Area Hospital this afternoon they acknowledge a series of issues facing their emergency department at the moment.
On Sunday, through publicly available information, our organization discerned at least 7 individuals were in “offload delay” at the hospital, meaning paramedics had to sit with them while they waited to be transferred to hospital care.
The statement from the hospital reads-
Due to high patient volumes and staffing shortages in the Emergency Department, patients who arrive at the hospital through the Emergency Department may experience longer wait times. Please be patient and kind with our staff as we manage multiple demands in our Emergency Department.
If you are unsure whether you have an emergency, seek health-related advice from a Registered Nurse by calling Health Connect Ontario (former Telehealth Ontario) (24/7). Call 811 or visit Ontario.ca/healthconnectontario.
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