WINNIPEG – City hospitals are seeing a spike in patients requiring admission.
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says they’re experiencing a surge in patients with more people needing admission than some hospitals are typically equipped to handle.
The WRHA’s Lori Lamont tells 680 CJOB they’ve seen an increase in patients since the New Year.
“However, we are not seeing huge numbers of confirmed cases from our lab yet but that does always lag behind what we see in our emergency departments,” says Lamont.
Combined with the expectation we’ll soon see the full force of flu, this triggered the region’s “surge capacity plan”.
That means they’re opening up lounges as spaces to treat patients and potentially rescheduling some elective surgeries.
Officials say the hospitals seeing the biggest rise in patients are Concordia and Seven Oaks.
Flu numbers are up across Canada and last week health officials warn Manitoba could soon see an influx of influenza patients.
If you’re looking for contact info for clinics and health services, you can visit the WRHA’s website here.