Campbellford hospital sees surge in acutely ill patients continue

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Campbellford Memorial Hospital (CMH) continues to see an increase in the volume of patients who are acutely ill in its care.

A significant and sustained surge in acutely ill patients at CMH means the hospital continues to operate at higher than full capacity in both the emergency department (ED) and the in-patient units, the hospital said.

CMH is seeing many acutely ill patients who have required in-patient admission for continued acute care.

“Patients are being advised to expect longer than normal wait times at the CMH (and in the ED) and are encouraged to seek options other than the emergency department for non-urgent conditions,” CMH said.

For non-urgent health concerns, residents are asked to contact their primary care providers. If unable to get an appointment with their primary care provider or attend an after-hours clinic, CMH encourages people to access Ontario’s telephone and virtual care options.

Connect virtually to an on-call doctor by visiting www.virtualcarenow.ca or speak to a registered nurse 24/7 by calling Telehealth Ontario toll-free at 1-866-797-0000.

CMH asks those who require emergency department care to ensure they are following all COVID-19 guidelines. Guidelines are available on the CMH website at https://cmh.ca/.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News