01/16/2012 11:53 EST | Updated 03/17/2012 05:12 EDT

Doctor says Regina hospitals backlogged with patients waiting for tests

REGINA - Regina hospital staff are continuing to hold emergency meetings on the health region’s chronic overcrowding problems.

Senior medical officer Dr. Joy Dobson at the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region says that hospital overcrowding has been a problem since the fall but the situation has since gotten worse.

Dobson says it's been discovered there's a significant backlog of patients who are in the hospital waiting for testing so they can proceed with treatment.

Dobson says that the majority of the tests are MRIs and ultrasounds.

She believes the hospital will catch up on that backlog in a couple of days.

At most recent count, a total of 36 people who should be in a hospital ward are being treated in the emergency rooms of both the General and Pasqua.

Meanwhile, a burned-out fan motor is being blamed for smoke that caused a temporary shutdown of Nipawin Hospital's emergency room on Monday.

Approximately 20 patients were temporarily moved to another area of the hospital. No injuries were reported.