London opens twenty beds to deal with ER back-up and ambulance off-load delay

As reported earlier, ambulance off-load delays have surged in London (Middlesex County), with 689 episodes from March 2 to March 29.  

And as the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director told Middlesex County "This is caused in most part by back-ups of patients who require admission to an inpatient bed, but for whom an inpatient bed is not available." 

This, unfortunately, is becoming a familiar story that hardly needs reporting.  

Interestingly, however, the Londoner reports that to respond to the problem 20 beds have been opened in the past few months and work is underway to open flex beds for three to five months during next year's flu season. 

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