Regional hospital emerges from gridlock

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The constant bed shortage at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is taking a heavy toll on staff, but the solution — if one materializes — is out of the hospital’s hands, says its CEO.
“It’s a daily battle, and our people are exhausted and they need a solution,” Andree Robichaud said during a Thursday morning news conference.
Robichaud met with reporters the day after Regional finally emerged from 50 straight days of "gridlock," the hospital’s code word when all of its 375 beds are full.
Though the hospital may be fined under the provincial fire code for dealing with the bed shortage by putting patients in alcoves last fall, Robichaud said it took the measure because the hospital, even when at over-capacity, “can’t close its front doors.”
Thunder Bay’s fire department charged Regional under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act following a Nov. 1 inspection.
Robichaud said the hospital stopped putting patients in alcoves as of Nov. 4.

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