Wingham hospital emerg closure announced for this weekend

WINGHAM – For the second consecutive weekend, the emergency department (ED) at the Wingham and District Hospital will be closed for a 14-hour window.

On Aug. 3, the Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance (LWHA) announced the Wingham ED will close on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 5 p.m. and reopen on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 7 a.m. “as a result of ongoing healthcare staff shortages.”

The Wingham ED was also closed for one night last weekend due to staff shortages.

In a press release, LWHA CEO Karl Ellis said “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