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Temporary ER closure no longer needed, St. Marys Memorial says

Health alliance thanks staff for ensuring emergency services remain available 24/7
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St. Marys Memorial Hospital says a planned early closure overnight Thursday due to staff shortages is no longer needed, and thanked team members for "stepping up" to ensure that emergency services are not interrupted.

"Please note the Emergency Department at the St. Marys Memorial Hospital site of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) will be no longer be experiencing a temporary reduction in service as previously announced," the health alliance said in a news release Wednesday.

"The Emergency Department will continue operating 24 hours, daily." 

On Tuesday, the health alliance had notified the public that the hospital would be "experiencing a temporary reduction in services due to sudden human resource shortages in the emergency department". 

As a result, the emergency department was going to close at 9 p.m. on Thursday and open again at 7 a.m. Friday.

Potential patients were told to consider going to other nearby hospitals if they needed emergency care.

However, the closure in St. Marys is no longer necessary, the health alliance says.