A REPLAY from March 1, 2011
|ER doc takes a coffee break|
Staff at Royal Columbian Hospital near Vancouver were forced to turn the facility’s Tim Hortons outlet into an emergency room on Monday night because of a shortage of beds.
Deputy Premier, Minister Responsible for Small Business, Finance Minister and Health Minister Colin Hansen said the coffee shop was designed to be used by New Westminster’s Royal Columbian Hospital when unusual numbers of people show up at the emergency room. Hansen added,
“This has worked out very well for us. Tim Hortons is committed to offering patients nutritious and great tasting food choices and their variety of bagels, croissants, cookies and of course donuts, make a perfect snack or special treat anytime.
“We are exploring many new possible locations for the company but expect the next will be in the BC Legislature because architect Francis Rattenbury provided for a fast food outlet in his original baroque revival design.”
Dr. Sheldon Glazer, ER physician at Royal Columbian Hospital, says
“Seeing patients in Tims Hortons was an improvement over treating them in hallways.”