Seeing an ER doctor within 20 minutes: too good to be true

This is the new Rapid Assessment Zone in the ER
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The Jewish General Hospital’s emergency room may be the victim of its own success.

In February, the hospital held a news conference ahead of the launch of its new emergency room, and claimed its goal was for patients to see a doctor within 20 minutes.

Hundreds of Montrealers have flocked to the Jewish ER, and are clogging up the system.

Dr. Marc Afilalo, emergency room director, said the ward has seen a 27 per cent increase in visits since the announcements, according to a report in La Presse.

Now the hospital fears it won’t be able to function with its current occupancy rate, and Afilalo is calling for the local health agency to intervene.

The average hospital sees 110 patients in its emergency room every day, the Jewish General however is approaching the 280 patient mark.

Afilalo said if it were up to him, there wouldn’t have been any promotion for the new ward, but the news conference was ordered by the health ministry, the doctor said. 

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  1. Bram posted on 04/28/2014 02:45 PM
    Wow, I NEVER would have seen that coming!
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