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Emergency wait times and occupancy pressures increase

The Ottawa Hospital asks that patients respect infection control measures and present to the Emergency Department only when necessary.

January 16, 2014 — The Ottawa Hospital is experiencing an increase in visits to the Emergency Department (ED). As a result, admissions to our inpatient units are increasing and this is leading to a higher than normal hospital occupancy.

High occupancy leads to longer ED wait times and longer waits for patients in the ED who require admission to a bed. While some patients may experience long waits in Emergency and other inconveniences, patients with the most serious cases will continue to be seen on an urgent basis and individuals with serious health concerns should continue to present to our Emergency Departments. The rise in ED visits is related to a number of factors and the team at The Ottawa Hospital is working hard to adapt resources to create additional capacity to provide the care each patient needs.

We ask patients and their families for their understanding and collaboration during this challenging time.

Further information:

  1. Occupancy at a Glance – Updated daily