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St. Marys Memorial staff shortage temporarily impacts ER hours

St. Marys Memorial Hospital emergency department will close at 9 p.m. on Thursday, resume regular 24-hour access at 7 a.m. Friday
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St. Marys Memorial Hospital, part of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA), will be experiencing a temporary reduction in services due to sudden human resource shortages in the emergency department, the alliance said in a media release. 

As a result, the emergency department will close at 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 16.

On Friday, March 17, the emergency department will open at 7 a.m. at which point regular hours of operation (24 hours daily) will resume, the health care alliance said in a news release.

Anyone requiring immediate medical attention should call 911.

Paramedics will remain available to the community and will re-route to the nearest available emergency department to ensure local residents continue to have access to the emergency services they need.

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 the St. Marys Memorial Hospital are:

  • Stratford – HPHA – 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.)