Jan 13, 2023

By Angus Gillespie

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As further proof the healthcare system in Ontario remains extremely tight, comes word that two hospitals are reporting record numbers of patients this week.

Queensway Carlton Hospital in Ottawa says Tuesday was the busiest in its 47-year-history, with 361 patients being admitted.

The hospital has not specified the reason, or reasons, for the increased volume but says in a statement that patients with respiratory symptoms who don’t require urgent care should consider going to a nearby assessment centre instead.

Grand River Hospital in Kitchener cared for 295 patients in its emergency room on Tuesday — the highest volume it has ever seen.

Grand River says the notable increase in visits can mostly be attributed to population growth, increased respiratory illnesses and weather-related slips and falls.

Wait times for emergency room visits often lasts many hours and many hospitals across Ontario.

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