Friday, January 11, 2013

Flu bug stretches Prince George hospital resources thin

A particularly nasty outbreak of the flu this week has made for a hectic situation for Prince George's University Hospital of Northern British Columbia.

Extra staff was brought in on Thursday to help deal with a situation that saw an increasing number of people arriving at the Hospital seeking treatment, at points so many that the number of patients seeking assistance outnumbered the number of beds available to treat them.

Eryn Collins a spokesperson for the hospital told the Prince George new site Opinion 250 that "we do have some people that are in the hospital under less than ideal conditions. We have brought in extra staff and are trying to make beds available as quickly as possible."

The arrival of the flu season is anticipated to be more intense than past years, with reports stretching across the Northern Health service area of its impact so far on communities in the region.

Northern Health has encouraged those who have yet to get a flu shot to make arrangements to get one and offered up the usual common sense advisories on how to deal with the flu should you come down with the symptoms.

Earlier this week we reviewed the impact of the arrival of the flu as well as norovirus that is making the rounds of the Northwest.

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