Two hospitals in southern Ontario say they saw record numbers of patients this week.
Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa says Tuesday was the busiest day in the hospital's 47-year history, with 361 patients admitted.
The hospital has not specified the reason for the increased volume but says in a statement that patients with respiratory symptoms who don't require urgent care should go to a local assessment centre instead.
Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ont., says it cared for 295 patients in its emergency room on Tuesday -- the highest volume it has ever seen.
Grand River says in a statement the spike in visits is attributed to population growth, increased respiratory illnesses and weather-related slips and falls.
Wait times for emergency room visits skyrocketed at hospitals across the province in the fall amid a surge in respiratory illnesses as well as ongoing staffing shortages.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 13, 2023.
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