Surrey Memorial nurses say despite the hospital upgrades, the emergency ward is still in crisis.
BC Nurses Union Steward Gail Conlin says the new emergency department is facing issues of overcrowding, long wait times, and hallway medicine.
“I do not believe as a nurse myself opening the critical care tower with the critical care units wouldn’t necessarily offload or decant the emergency.”
Conlin says staff is at their wits end.
“They’re stressed, workload is excessive, and it’s been absolutely crazy.”
Earlier this week a new eight storey critical care tower with 150 new beds was officially opened at the Surrey Hospital.
Surrey Memorial Hospital spokesperson Lakh Bagri admits pressure on the E-R has been tough lately.
“Over the past I’d say week and a half, we have been experiencing those surges in volumes, at the same time we were able to open 150 new beds in the critical care tower.”
Bagri says the Fraser Health Authority will review two concerning cases of patient care in the emergency department this week.
The nurses union says in one case, a man suffered a seizure and a code blue was called after he waited three hours to see a doctor.
In another case, a patient with a life threatening brain bleed was not given a trauma bed because there wasn’t one available.