Saskatchewan

Saskatoon ERs for true emergencies only, says health region

The Saskatoon Health Region is urging people to only use hospital emergency rooms in true emergencies. Hospitals continue to be full and that has resulted in increasing wait times for patients waiting to be seen.

Hospitals are full, wait times increasing

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The Saskatoon Health Region is urging people to only use hospital emergency rooms in true emergencies.

Officials say hospitals in the region have seen an increase in emergency room visits over the past year.

Hospitals continue to be full and that has resulted in increasing wait times for patients waiting to be seen.

Examples of medical conditions that would require an emergency room visit include:

  • Sudden chest pain.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • A large cut or wound.
  • Broken limbs.
  • Severe abdominal pain.
  • Sudden shortness of breath.
  • ​Sudden and severe headache.

The health region says it will continue to move patients between sites to ensure people are being seen in an appropriate amount of time.

Some patients may have to be moved to another facility if they can get more timely care there. 

Staff are reminding people that those arriving at an emergency room are seen in order of severity of the medical issue, not chronologically. 

In a non-emergency, people are advised to contact their doctor or call the provincial HealthLine at 1-877-800-0002.

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