Wingham emergency department closed tonight, Aug 15.

WINGHAM – The emergency department (ED) at the Wingham and District Hospital will be closed tonight.

On Aug. 14, the Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance (LWHA) announced the Wingham ED will close on Monday, Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. and reopen on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7 a.m.

While no specific reason was cited for the closure, the ED has seen closures in recent weeks due to a shortage of staff.

The Wingham ED was also closed on overnight Aug. 6 and Aug. 14.

A press release from LWHA states “our staff, board, physicians and leadership regret that we have to take this step. COVID continues to be present throughout our community and a single staff sick call may result in additional potential closures.”

“We continue to be thankful for our community’s patience and understanding,” states the release.

LWHA asks those with a medical emergency to call 911 during the closure. Ambulances will remain available to the community and will be re-routed to surrounding hospitals 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.

The closest hospitals to Wingham are:

  • Listowel – 35 km
  • Clinton – 36 km
  • Walkerton – 39 km
  • Palmerston – 43 km
  • Goderich – 47 km
  • Seaforth – 49 km
  • Kincardine – 55 km