Estrie emer­gency rooms busy, staff stressed

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS -

Estrie re­gion emer­gency rooms were busy through­out Que­bec dur­ing the hol­i­days and that sit­u­a­tion re­mains in some places, lead­ing to ex­haus­tion among staff.

Ac­cord­ing to the CIUSSS de l’estrie CHUS the sit­u­a­tion is grad­u­ally sta­bi­liz­ing, although it re­mains dif­fi­cult. Peo­ple with mi­nor health prob­lems are asked to avoid go­ing to the emer­gency room.

As of Tues­day morn­ing, 14 peo­ple were wait­ing for hos­pi­tal­iza­tion at the Fleu­ri­mont Hos­pi­tal and Hô­tel-dieu. As a re­sult, emer­gency rooms are slightly over ca­pac­ity.

The sit­u­a­tion is more prob­lem­atic at the Granby Hos­pi­tal in the Cowansville area as 33 peo­ple were wait­ing on stretcher in an emer­gency room that has a ca­pac­ity of 20 pa­tients.

The hol­i­day sea­son is al­ways dif­fi­cult. Ev­ery­one wants to have time off, but some in­sti­tu­tions, like the one in Cowansville, have had to re­duce statu­tory hol­i­days to re­spond to the lack of staff. When there is a sur­plus of pa­tients, staff ended up hav­ing to work over­time. The hol­i­day sea­son is al­ways more stress­ful, ex­plained the pro­fes­sional staff union.

We should see an in­crease in the num­ber of full-time po­si­tions avail­able with the sign­ing of a col­lec­tive agree­ment be­tween man­age­ment and em­ploy­ees.

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