Montague hospital ER to close early Friday

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The ER at the Kings County Memorial Hospital will close at 3 p.m. on Friday. (Jane Robertson/CBC - image credit)
The ER at the Kings County Memorial Hospital will close at 3 p.m. on Friday. (Jane Robertson/CBC - image credit)

The emergency department at the Kings County Memorial Hospital in Montague will close early Friday afternoon.

The ER usually operates from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., but on Friday it will close five hours early, at 3 p.m.

Health P.E.I. said in a written release Thursday the closure is "due to a temporary lack of staffing."

The emergency department will reopen Saturday at 8 a.m.

The eastern P.E.I. hospital's ER has had several closures in the past weeks.

Anyone with emergency medical needs should call 911 or seek emergency services when:

  • Experiencing discomfort or tightness in the chest.

  • Experiencing unusual shortness of breath.               

  • Experiencing abdominal pain.

  • Experiencing prolonged and persistent headache or dizziness.

  • An injury may require stitches or involve a broken bone.

  • A child has prolonged diarrhea or vomiting.

  • A baby under six months has a fever of 38 C or higher.

Those with health concerns and those who need immediate health information can call 811 to speak to an experienced registered nurse for advice.