The head of the BC Nurses Union is drawing attention to the state of mental health services for young people in the Fraser Valley.
Gayle Duteil says numbers have doubled in four years, with more than 1,200 vulnerable kids needing urgent care last year.
“We have not kept up the pace with the required beds.”
Duteil says children and teens are being forced to wait more than 100 hours for a bed in the emergency room at Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
“They need to be right away taken in to treatment and have the care providers necessary to help them. This is a very stressful time for both them and their families.”
Duteil says older children end up on the same floor as adult patients who may be aggressive or sexually inappropriate, while younger kids go to the same ward as newborns, where treatment is limited.
She says the quickest solution is to re-open an adolescent psychiatric unit that was closed a few years ago.
CKNW has reached out for a response from the Fraser Health Authority.