10/03/2012 03:34 EDT | Updated 12/03/2012 05:12 EST

Hospital on Nova Scotia's south shore faces bed shortage in ER

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. - A bed shortage at a Nova Scotia hospital has reached a critical stage.

Liz Finney, the spokeswoman for the South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater, says the emergency department is currently over capacity and there are no beds available.

She says the situation has been compounded by a high number of elderly patients who have been discharged from the hospital and are waiting for long-term care facility beds.

Finney says they're handling the situation as best as they can.

Finney says they have hired a geriatric co-ordinator, which helps seniors return home and continue to receive the care they need.

All patients not requiring urgent care is asked to visit their family health care provider, call 811 or go to the nearest walk-in clinic in Bridgewater, Hammonds Plains or Tantallon.


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