Local Hospitals Warn Of Longer Waits For Care

Thursday June 2nd, 2022

Posted at 6:32pm

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Windsor Regional Hospital and Erie Shores HealthCare, and the Essex-Windsor EMS, are sending out an alert to the public about capacity pressures across the acute care system in our region.

Officials say that on April 13th, they sent out an alert that hospitals and EMS were reporting significant bed capacity concerns due to higher than normal volumes of patients.

The pressures have continued, and they are reminding the public to seek care where possible, for non-emergency needs, in community settings, such as their family doctor or local medical clinic, to help alleviate strain on the system.

Although emergency cases are always attended to rapidly and receive immediate medical treatment, patients should expect that wait times and treatment for any ailments other than emergencies will be much longer than usual, as they have been for the past several weeks. Ambulance response times for non-emergency situations may also be longer than usual.

Information regarding potential non-emergency options is listed here. If you are unsure whether you require emergency or urgent care, visit the Essex-Windsor EMS Make The Right Call web page for helpful information.

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