News

Fire department checks on hospital overcrowding

Doctors and nurses concerned about overcrowding issues at Abbotsford Regional Hospital have alerted the local fire department to the issue.

Deputy Chief Mike Helmer said Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service (AFRS) has attended the hospital twice – once in October and once in January – to observe cramped conditions occurring at that time.

Now, AFRS is working with Fraser Health and Johnson Controls (one of the hospital’s management providers) to develop a plan for dealing with periods of overcrowding so that they don’t hit a “critical stage,” Helmer said.

He said dangerous situations can arise, with emergency and exit corridors being blocked. Measures could include moving patients to open wards. The safety plan is expected to be complete by mid-March.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Relative of victim wants Robert Pickton charged
 
Deadly dog walker sent to jail
 
Fraser Health plans two-month bump in surgeries and scans
Auto crime on the rise in 2015
 
Clearbrook Road reopens to traffic after police incident
 
Police offer free anti-theft devices for most-stolen vehicles
Plastic barrier testing begins to shield Metro Vancouver bus drivers
 
Highway 1 split a preview of Port Mann Bridge local lanes
 
Standalone cat shelter pitched by Langley Animal Protection Society

Community Events, January 2015

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jan 28 edition online now. Browse the archives.