Hospital Emergency Department Surging With Patients


(THUNDER BAY, ON) – It appears that the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Emergency Department is currently experiencing higher than normal visits and admissions. As a result, wait times may be longer than anticipated.

Below is a statement released by the hospital about the situation.


Patients who require emergency care will always be able to access it at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (the Hospital). In case of emergency, always contact 911.

“All patients in the Emergency Department are triaged and treated according to the urgency of their needs,” explained Dr. Peter Voros, Executive Vice President of In-Patient Care Programs at the Hospital. “This means that those who need care the most receive it sooner, while those with less-urgent needs may wait longer. We request the patience and understanding of those who visit the Emergency Department during this time.”

One Care Partner is always welcome to accompany patients into the Emergency Department. Visitor restrictions are in place to support patient safety, particularly during periods of high activity.


To learn about health care options, people with less-urgent health needs are encouraged to:

This is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year in the Emergency Department. The higher than normal volumes are not due to any one particular cause but a variety of factors and illnesses.

The Hospital is currently in Surge Capacity, with a 99% occupancy rate. In addition, 64 patients are admitted to the Hospital’s Transitional Care Unit at Hogarth Riverview Manor.

A large contributing factor in Surge Capacity is the number of Alternate Level of Care, or ALC, patients who are waiting to be discharged to more appropriate care settings, such as long-term care, or home care. There are currently a total of 105 ALC patients admitted to both locations.

“We are committed to providing quality, safe care, and the staff and physicians in the Emergency Department are working diligently and with the utmost dedication. We are grateful to them, and to our local and regional health system partners for their support and ongoing collaboration,” said Voros.


5 Replies to “Hospital Emergency Department Surging With Patients”

  1. Truly pity the outstanding staff and TBRHSC. The people who work there are all local heroes.

    Everyone from the cleaners, nurses & doctors are doing yeoman’s duty with their backs to the wall during normal situations. Their commitment to providing care and service is beyond reproach. Especially when you consider some of the horrible bullshit they have to put up with while continuing to keep their cool and perform their duties. Being assaulted, punched, kicked and spit on by unruly patients is just some of the terrible conditions they deal with. Yet they come to work every day and do their best to provide care.

    Everyone who will be going to the TBRHSC should thank every person that treats them for the hard work they do under such horrific conditions.

    1. Agreed. I dont think they’re told enough. People do indeed recognize that its a whole load of BS that the frontline workers have to deal with on a nearly daily basis, and it’s getting worse.
      So “Thanks !”

  2. Go to the ER anytime and you will find so many junkies or winos either performing their BS or just sleeping it off. I have no idea how the staff at that hospital can infinitely put up with the same old shit over and over and get abused for their efforts. There needs to be a bigger detox unit for them to sleep it off and go to for crisis interventions in this city instead of wasting the precious spaces in the ER for repeat users. Hey Patty how about re-opening up the LPH and sending them there to sleep it off or perform. We never had so much homelessness, junkies wandering aimlessly and crime when the LPH was open.

  3. Part of the problem is people going to the hospital for something that is NOT an emergency! You shouldn’t be going there for a cough or sniffles. You go there if you have massive bleeding, a heart attack or broken bones. Some people just use it as a walk-in clinic and that’s not right and screws it up for those true emergencies that the hospital was initially intended for!

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