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Clinton Public Hospital asks emergency patients to register ahead

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With nursing staff shortages and operating at reduced hours the Clinton Public Hospital emergency department will accept patients registering for assessment between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day, effective Sept. 16.

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After 6 p.m. patients seeking emergency services can access one of the other area hospitals providing 24-hour coverage, which includes Seaforth, Goderich, Exeter and Wingham hospitals.

“While the emergency department will continue to operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, due to the amount of time it may take for a patient to be assessed and treated, we will only be registering patients until 6 p.m.,” said Andrew Williams, resident and CEO of the hospital group.

“We must operate within the reduced hours ensuring the department closes at 8 p.m. in order to reduce regularly occurring after-hours work, improve the quality of life of staff and support recruitment and retention efforts.”

According to the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance nursing shortages are widespread across Ontario, including the Huron-Perth region. This has resulted in the emergency department being closed for one day in Aug.

The hospital group says in a media brief that it is committed to providing Clinton Public Hospital emergency department access when safe to do so.

“When we do not have staff to safely provide quality patient care, a closure, like the one that occurred on Aug. 1 could happen again,” added Williams.

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