Seven patients in the pediatric intensive-care unit (PICU) at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton were relocated Friday to make room for up to 12 adults with COVID-19.
The pediatric patients were moved from the third floor of the Stollery to the pediatric cardiac ICU (PCICU) on the sixth floor of the Mazankowski Alberta Health Institute.
The move means patients and parents in the PICU will no longer have a private room equipped with a couch for parents to sleep on, among other amenities.
Those patients will now be in two-person rooms in the PCICU with only one visitor allowed per patient.
It also means there may not be a chair available for parents who wish to stay with their child overnight.
“We acknowledge that this will be extremely difficult for some families, and we are truly sorry for the impact this decision may have,” said Alberta Health Services spokesperson Kerry Williamson in an email.