Surrey Memorial hospital reporting unprecedented patient backups

01/17/2015 03:21 EST | Updated 03/19/2015 05:59 EDT
Surrey Memorial hospital is experiencing unprecedented congestion according to an internal bulletin to staff provided by the B.C. Nurses Union to CBC.

The memo reports, "the highest volume of patients in Emergency needing admission without assigned beds," as well as multiple infection outbreaks across the hospital including Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), influenza, CPE bacteria and respiratory conditions.

The hospital says it has set up a site Operations Command Centre to investigate new strategies.