Local Hospitals To Pause Non-Urgent Services

Wednesday March 18th, 2020

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Windsor Regional Hospital and Erie Shores HealthCare are planning a staged “ramping down” of non-urgent, elective/scheduled care and procedures, as well as ambulatory clinics.

This decision is in accordance with a recent Ministry of Health directive to Ontario hospitals.

The hospitals say that most of these temporary closures and postponements, which includes non-urgent, elective surgeries and diagnostic scans, will be effective 12:01am, Thursday, March 19th and that patients will be contacted in advance if their scheduled appointments are affected.

“We will continue to assess and make changes based on the evolution of the province’s pandemic response plans,” said Dr. Wassim Saad, WRH Chief of Staff. “We are doing our best to work in tandem with our hospital partners to reduce the potential exposure of our employees and professional staff to the COVID-19 virus, while also conserving our hospital resources for the most urgent needs.”

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