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Patient numbers slowing move to hospital rooms in St. John's

The emergency department entrance at St. Clare's Mercy Hospital in St. John's.
The emergency department entrance at St. Clare's Mercy Hospital in St. John's.

A tip to The Telegram newsroom on Monday suggested two of the province’s largest hospitals had reached capacity, keeping people from being admitted.

The tip wasn’t true, according to the health authority, but it was acknowledged the movement of patients within the facilities was slower than usual.

“The Health Sciences Centre and St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital are currently experiencing a high volume of patients and, as such, there may be some delays in transferring patients to their rooms,” an email from an Eastern Health spokeswoman stated in response to questions.

“Patient care has not been affected and treatment and procedures are proceeding as usual.”

It was clarified the delay was not the result of rooms being unavailable.

The health authority is advising the public to continue to go to the emergency department if they are in need of emergency care.

 

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The tip wasn’t true, according to the health authority, but it was acknowledged the movement of patients within the facilities was slower than usual.

“The Health Sciences Centre and St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital are currently experiencing a high volume of patients and, as such, there may be some delays in transferring patients to their rooms,” an email from an Eastern Health spokeswoman stated in response to questions.

“Patient care has not been affected and treatment and procedures are proceeding as usual.”

It was clarified the delay was not the result of rooms being unavailable.

The health authority is advising the public to continue to go to the emergency department if they are in need of emergency care.

 

telegram@thetelegram.com

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