ALMONTE – As hospital staffing issues continue to plague the province, the Almonte General Hospital (AGH) will close its emergency department tonight (Dec. 27).
“The emergency department at Almonte General Hospital (AGH) will be closed tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 27 as of 7 p.m. and is expected to re-open at 7 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 28,” Mississippi River Health Alliance communications lead Jane Adams released in a statement today (dec. 27). “This temporary closure is due to a nursing staff shortage due to illness.”
The rest of the hospital is still open and caring for patients.
“Patient and staff safety is our main priority,” AGH President Mary Wilson Trider said. “Our dedicated teams at both Almonte General Hospital and Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital continue to work to ensure we have the necessary staff to support our community with their health care needs. We are closely supported by our team at the Lanark County Paramedic Service.”
Anyone requiring immediate medical attention should call 911.
“Paramedics will take you to the nearest emergency department for care,” Adams said. “Please do not come to the emergency department.”
Patients can also speak with a registered nurse at Telehealth Ontario by calling toll-free 1-866-797-0000 or TTY 1-866-797-0007. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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