Staffing shortages in the emergency department at St. Marys Memorial Hospital have affected emergency room hours.
The emergency room will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday and reopen Sunday morning at 7 a.m. when 24/7 operations will resume.
Anyone requiring immediate medical attention should call 9-1-1. Paramedics will remain available to the community and will re-route to the nearest available emergency department to ensure local residents have access to emergency services.
For non-urgent health care, call Health Connect Ontario at 811, which is available 24/7 for non-emergency health related questions. If you have a family doctor, you can also inquire about any same-day appointments or after-hours clinics.
The closest 24-hour emergency departments to St. Marys are:
Stratford General Hospital
Exeter: South Huron Hospital
Ingersoll: Alexandra Hospital
London: LHSC University Hospital or Victoria Hospital
It is advised to check with these emergency departments before attending to ensure they are operating with regular hours.