An emergency department at a Gray County hospital will temporarily close this weekend due to staffing shortages.
The South Bruce Gray Health Center (SBGHC) says the emergency department at its Durham site will be closed from 5 p.m. Saturday August 6 to 7 a.m. Sunday August 7 and from 5 p.m. Sunday August 7 to 7 a.m. Monday August 8. august.
“All efforts to find staff for the emergency department have been undertaken without success,” the SBGHC wrote in a statement posted on its website.
“We appreciate the patience and understanding of the community as we continue to experience significant staffing pressures. This is a temporary measure and we regret that this step has to be taken.
The SBGHC said the nearest emergency services to Durham Hospital are:
- Hanover (20km)
- Mount Forest (25km)
- Markdale (28km)
- Walkerton (28km)
- Chesley (36km)
- Owen Sound (46 km)
- Palmerston (46km)
The hospital network said it had previously identified possible risks of reduced services if staffing issues persist.
“The SBGHC had identified that there was a risk of a future time-limited reduction in service when the Chesley emergency department reopened last month if the health human resources (HHR) situation deteriorates. more,” the SBGHC wrote.
The SBGHC said anyone in need of immediate medical attention should call 911 to be taken to the nearest emergency department or contact Health Connect Ontario for non-emergency health care needs by calling 811.
In recent months, emergency departments across the province have closed due to shortages of healthcare workers, with burnout from the COVID-19 pandemic often cited as a contributing factor.
Georgian Bay General Hospital confirmed it had reduced its intensive care unit over the weekend due to a shortage of workers.
“We have chosen to keep our critical care beds open at a lower level of complexity due to staffing issues, but to maintain the basic level 2 critical care service for our community,” a spokesperson said on Saturday. in an email to CP24.
Yesterday, Hôpital Montfort in Ottawa’s east end announced that its emergency department would be temporarily closed overnight this weekend as the hospital faces an “unprecedented shortage” of nurses.
Its emergency department will be closed on Saturday and Sunday between 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. The temporary closure will remain in effect until Monday 7:30 a.m.
On Friday, unions representing 120,000 hospital workers renewed their calls for the provincial government to take immediate action to address the growing staffing crisis.
Unions are calling on the province to repeal legislation that caps public sector wage increases at 1%, introduce new financial incentives to discourage retirements and invest in on-site supports , such as child care.
Earlier this week, Ontario Health Executive Vice-President Dr. Chris Simpson told CP24 that the staffing shortage affecting hospitals has become a “crisis.”
Premier Doug Ford said earlier this week that Ontarians continue to have access to care when they need it, but reiterated calls for increased financial support from the federal government to address the labor shortage. ‘work.
With files from CTV News’ Josh Pringle