01/17/2015 15:21 EST | Updated 03/19/2015 05:59 EDT

Surrey Memorial hospital reporting unprecedented patient backups

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.