Estrie emergency rooms busy, staff stressed
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.