BR NS Emergency Seniors – CP
Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Jun 10, 2016 6:22
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s health minister insists wait times for long-term care beds are decreasing despite concerns that elderly people are clogging up the emergency health-care system.
Leo Glavine also says Emergency Health Services can now go to homes and address health needs without going to the emergency room.
His comments come after a doctor at Nova Scotia’s largest E-R described how an elderly woman spent more than a week in a Halifax emergency room because her family would not take her home.
Dr. Samuel Campbell says the woman was not ill, but her grandchildren were looking after her and could no longer cope with her mild dementia.
Campbell says her family became angry that she couldn’t stay in the emergency and refused to take her home.
He says the woman stayed at the hospital for 215 hours _ or almost nine days _ before being discharged.
Campbell says that means 60 sick patients did not get care while she was there.
(The Canadian Press)
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