In a recent press release the Lakeshore General Hospital is asking the population to choose alternate ER locations in the region for the next few days. The ER is overcapacity.
Health and social services West Island (CIUSSS-ODIM) said in a news release Sunday that the hospital is currently operating at a 132 per cent stretcher occupancy rate, and the emergency room is full.
“The current situation at Lakeshore is worrying and requires action of last resort,” said CIUSSS-ODIM president and CEO Lynne McVey.
As the news release was being deployed to most medis outlets , The West Island Blog was onsite at the Lakeshore where more than fifty nurses were protesting peacefully outside the hospital yesterday.
Nurses union are working to have a new collective bargaining agreement signed by Christmas.
Nurses have complained throughout the pandemic about sub par working condition including overwork, staff being moved from ward to ward creating vacancies, and other issues. Nurses have held multiple sit-ins to draw attention to the issues throughout the summer.
The Lakeshore General Hospital (Hôpital général du Lakeshore) (LGH) is a Canadian acute care institution located in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, a suburban municipality near Montreal, Quebec. The hospital employs 1,200 employees and contains 257 beds, and serves an estimated population of 377,000 in the West Island region of Montreal.
The LGH is situated close to major highway arteries such as Highways 13, 20, 40, and 520 and is often called upon to treat and stabilize accident victims. Its emergency department is one of the busiest for distress cases in Montreal with over 72,000 visits annually.[1