Friday, September 20, 2013

$$ For ER Nurses Helps Free Up EMS

The Province is giving the Health Sciences Centre 228-thousand dollars to hire more nurses for the emergency room.  The new nurses will only care for patients with non-life threatening conditions who arrive by ambulance.  EMS Chief Norm Gale says it's freeing up his paramedics and allowing them to get back on the road.  Gale says they were losing 11 hours of ambulance time and 22 hours of paramedic time per day because there was no one to look after the patients once they arrived at the ER.  Mayor Keith Hobbs is pleased noting it should have a positive impact on the City's emergency services budget.