The number of patients at Toronto’s SickKids Hospital is unusually high and continues to grow, according to officials.
A spokesperson for SickKids told Global News that patient volumes at the hospital’s emergency department were “unseasonably high and are increasing.”
The hospital said staffing challenges persist, while non-COVID illness were also increasingly common.
In a typical October, SickKids plans for between 220 and 230 patients in its emergency department over a 24-hour period. In 2022, the hospital has seen more than 300 visits in a 24-hour period on some October days.
In an attempt to reduce visits and control patient volume, the hospital is asking families to use its virtual urgent care program.
“Before families visit our ED, we encourage them to contact their primary care provider to see what options are available,” the spokesperson said.
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