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Headed to HSN today? Expect longer than normal wait times

Hospital dealing with overcapacity issues for the second day in a row
Health Sciences North is battling with capacity issues for the second day in a row. (File)

Health Sciences North is battling with capacity issues for the second day in a row.

The hospital issued a notice on their Facebook page on May 10, adivsing patients of high admission rates in the emergency department and inpatient units, and an increase in the number of ALC patients.

"As an organization, we are working with our community partners and doing all we can to address systemic issues of overcapacity currently impacting the hospital," said the Facebook post.

"However, this is not an ideal situation for our patients who can expect to experience longer than normal wait times and may end up receiving care in unconventional locations. We wish this wasn’t the case and we apologize for any inconvenience this causes to our patients and their families."

Health Sciences North was pushed to cancel six elective or non-urgent surgeries on May 9, and an additional six on May 10.

"These conditions also put added strain on staff and physicians, who work tirelessly to provide the best care possible to our patients. We greatly appreciate their efforts during these challenging times," said HSN spokesperson Jason Turnbull on May 9.

Patients who require emergency care should still come to the emergency department, and will receive care.

"It is also important to note there are other options for patients with non-urgent medical needs such as walk-in clinics or Telehealth Ontario with is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling 1-866-797-0000," said HSN on their Facebook page.