Could changes be coming to the B.C. Ambulance Service that will result in shorter wait times?
Executive Vice-President of B.C. Emergency Health Services Linda Lupini says a business case has gone to government to get more resources and do other things that would help cut down on long ambulance wait times.
Lupini says when people call 911 for an ambulance it would ideal to have a clinical group at the end of line to determine if the call really requires an emergency response.
“There’s a whole category of calls that for us are not really our core mandate but of course we do it, we respond, we transport to hospital.”
She says rather than going to ER she says some folks would be better off taken to a clinic.
“We also could be looking at bringing people to a clinic if what they need is a prescription filled or something that is certainly what not we would consider our core mandate which is pre-hospital emergency services.”
Lupini says some of the people that call 911 because they need a prescription filled often wind up at the Emergency Room.