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Overcrowding a hospital-wide concern

How can royal columbian solve its emergency room issues?

Location, location, location.

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It's a maxim most frequently used in real estate, but in the case of Royal Columbian Hospital's emergency ward, it's not too far off the mark.

"The emergency (ward) has to maintain a priority for emergency situations," said Dr. Adam Lund. "It's not the right place for in-patients."

Lund and his fellow ER doctors gave a letter to hospital administration earlier this week indicating that, as of next Wednesday, patients who have been seen, admitted and are effectively on hold for a spot in another area will no longer be housed in ER beds while they wait for a bed.