A Saskatchewan hospital is into its second week of running overcapacity because of what health officials are calling an overwhelmed emergency department.
The Parkland Health Region says in-patient units at Prince Albert’s Victoria Hospital are full because of the situation in the ER.
The region says what’s known as a code burgundy was put in place last Monday, meaning patients facing life-threatening conditions will be handled first by emergency room staff.
People with non-urgent matters are being asked to see their family doctor, or go to a walk-in clinic until the situation at the hospital improves.
Doug Dahl, a health region spokesman, says there are numerous reasons for being overcapacity and no single solution to the problem.
It’s not known when the code burgundy will be lifted.