Location, location, location.
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.