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Two more Emergency Departments temporarily close this weekend

Clinton Public and St. Marys Memorial Hospital will have reduced hours.
Clinton Public Hospital
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The same day that Premier Doug Ford said he's 'doing everything in his power to add more healthcare workers to the system', two more hospitals announce the temporary closure of their Emergency Departments for the weekend. 

Clinton Public Hospital and St. Marys Memorial Hospital will have reduced hours on Saturday due to health human resource shortages. 

Clinton Public will be closed all day Saturday and will return to their regular reduced hours of operation on Sunday, opening at 8 a.m.

The hospital located in the town of St. Marys will close on Saturday at 5 p.m and will reopen on Sunday at 7 a.m.

Both hospitals note that the pressures of being short staffed will likely continue throughout the remainder of the summer. 

It's being reminded that if you are requiring immediate medical attention, call 9-1-1. Paramedics will remain available to the community and will re-route patients to the nearest available Emergency Department. 

Non-urgent health care can be access through Health Connect Ontario by calling 8-1-1. 

Several hospitals said last week that they would be reducing service over various areas over the long weekend also due to staff shortages. 

Despite Ford saying he's doing all he can, he did note that it won't include repealing wage restraint legislation or increasing a retention bonus for nurses. 

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