Temporary Emergency Department (ED) Closures: Walkerton hospital – Overnight Closures September 30 & October 1

Due to ongoing staffing shortages of both RNs and RPNs, SBGHC will be closing the Walkerton emergency department (ED) as follows:

  • 5:00 PM on Friday, September 30th and reopening at 7:00 AM on Saturday, October 1st
  • 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 1st and reopening at 7:00 AM on Sunday, October 2nd

The Walkerton inpatient unit, Family Birthing Centre, and on-call surgery will remain operational.

All efforts to find staffing for the Emergency Department have been undertaken without success.

Ambulance by-pass will undertaken to divert patients to the nearest open ED.

Anyone requiring immediate medical attention should call 911 to be taken to the nearest Emergency Department. For non-urgent health care needs, Health Connect Ontario is available 24/7 for non-emergency health-related questions by calling 811.

The closest Emergency Departments to the Walkerton hospital are:

Hanover (12km)

Durham (28km)

Wingham (39km)

Kincardine (42km)

Palmerston (43km)

Mount Forest (46km)

Southampton (51km)

Listowel (54km)

Markdale (62km)

We appreciate the patience and understanding of the community as we continue to experience significant staffing pressures.

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