Most telephones used by patients at Camarillo State Hospital will soon be disconnected from Ventura County's 911 system because of excessive bogus emergency calls from the hospital, according to a hospital administrator.
"We know those 20 to 60 calls a day create a hardship for the 911 system and could create a tragedy by tying up their lines," said Norm Kramer, the hospital's administrative services director.
As a result of discussions among officials of the county's emergency system, the hospital and GTE, hookup with the 911 system from many of the hospital's 65 pay telephones will be eliminated within two weeks.
"We did have one patient who had a legitimate call and reported a fire, but those legitimate calls are few and far between," said Cmdr. Merwyn Dowd, head of the county's 911 system.