As the province's healthcare sector continues to grapple with challenges in staffing, Cambridge Memorial Hospital is offering a warning to local residents of increased emergency department wait times today.
Posting that message on Twitter, CMH said wait times are "very high" due to a variety of factors - including "on-going" staffing shortages, patient volumes and limited inpatient beds.
Residents are being encouraged to find alternate care options if possible - though those that are unable to do so can still visit Cambridge Memorial Hospital to be seen in "priority order."
Staffing challenges have also resulted in the closure of CMH's COVID-19 Assessment Centre on several occasions - the most recent being an early closure this past Sunday to redeploy staff to the hospital.
As the Ford government prepares to outline its priorities today in Queen's Park, both members of the opposition and nursing groups continue to call on the province to alleviate strain on the healthcare sector - including the repeal of Bill 124.
Health Minister Sylvia Jones has also weighed in on hospital emergency room closures being seen on weekends across the province, arguing that the situation is not unique to Ontario while maintaining the province remains committed to ensuring hospitals are sufficiently staffed.