A rush of patients and emergency vehicles swarmed the Loma Linda Hospital emergency room on Tuesday, one of the busiest in the city.
But emergency department staff were not prepared for the sheer volume of people coming in.
“I don’t know how they would know how much traffic they would have,” said emergency room doctor Pauline Tziper.
A number of people had their temperatures checked in the ER.
“If you had a pulse, they wouldn’t let you go,” said Tzipers mother, Linda Tziler.
“They wouldn’t even let you have a nurse, let alone the nurse and doctor that were at the emergency department.”
Tziers mother and her husband, Jack, were also affected by the situation.
“There are some people that I feel are going through really tough times and they’re desperate to come in and get help,” said Jack Tzipper.
“And we’re here to help them, but we’re not going to just sit here and let them be,” said his mother.
“We’re going to take them to the nearest hospital, we’re going be there to help and take care of them.”
As of 10:30 a.m.
PT, the ER had more than 2,000 patients, and some of them were waiting in the hallway.
“You have a lot of patients, but you also have some who are really desperate,” said Loma Linda Hospital spokesperson, Jennifer Rivett.
“A lot of the patients that we see are very stressed out, they’re very stressed,” she said.
“So it is very, very important that we have everyone who is needed.”
The hospital’s Emergency Medical Services are also preparing to respond to any calls from patients in need of immediate medical attention.
“Our goal is to get people out of there as soon as possible,” said Rivets spokesperson.
The Loma Lenora Hospital has been operating at capacity for months due to a combination of the city’s high medical costs, the high number of patients needing treatment, and an ongoing coronavirus pandemic.