B.C. continues to grapple with rising cases of respiratory illness among children

The B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver had another busy weekend, as cases of flu and respiratory illness among children continue to soar across the country.

The estimated wait time to see a doctor was reported to be over 10 hours on Friday and over nine hours on Saturday.

Sarah Bell, the hospital’s chief operating officer, said the emergency department continues to experience high volumes and high acuity — when a high number of patients require prolonged attention and care from nursing staff.

On Sunday, the hospital told CBC News that it was not diverting patients and no child needing the highest level of pediatric care would be refused admission.

Bell said parents should only bring children with a respiratory illness to

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