Regina residents have had to deal with skating rink-like conditions on city sidewalks and streets over the last couple of days, and Regina’s Pasqua and General hospitals have felt the pinch.
Emergency rooms have been over-crowded with slip and fall related injuries, including two hip fractures, and several ankle and wrist injuries.
Glen Perchie, Executive Director of Emergency and EMS, says wait times have been lengthy in some cases.
“If somebody was really serious and needed emergent care, there was almost no wait time with most, but anybody who could wait it was probably three-five hours, and probably later in the evening it could be even longer.”
With 33 stretchers in both the General and Pasqua each, the hospitals saw twice as many patients as available stretchers, causing hospital staff to be creative in their treatment approach to get patients through.
While EMS personell were extra busy Tuesday night, Perchie says EMS crews got some unexpected assistance.
“We put on an additional two (crews) in Regina, plus we also got really good support from Hutch ambulance in Moosimin, Indian Head ambulance, Milestone ambulance and Melville ambulance,” Perchie says. “They had brought patients into the city, and stayed around and actually helped us do calls.”
Regina residents are advised to sand and salt streets and sidewalks around their property for their safety.