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Kemptville hospital emergency department closing nightly through weekend due to staffing shortages

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“Like hospitals across the country, KDH is experiencing a sustained, system-wide pressure on our emergency department staffing levels due to COVID-related absences, vacations, staff fatigue and burnout.”

Kemptville District Hospital
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The Kemptville District Hospital has made the “very difficult” call to close its emergency department nightly through Monday because of an ongoing staff shortage.

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The KDH emergency department will be closed from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. with 24-hour operations restarting on Tuesday at 7 a.m., the hospital said in a statement.

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“Like hospitals across the country, KDH is experiencing a sustained, system-wide pressure on our emergency department staffing levels due to COVID-related absences, vacations, staff fatigue and burnout,” chief executive officer Frank J. Vassallo said in the statement.

“I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to our front-line nursing and support staff, who have worked extremely hard throughout the course of the pandemic. Thanks to their commitment to the patients we serve, we have been able to keep our emergency department open 24/7 up to this point.”

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Last month, the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa and the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital announced temporary weekend closures. The Perth site emergency department of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital reopened July 24, more than three weeks after it closed its doors due to a COVID-19 outbreak and nursing shortages.

Kemptville District Hospital, a 40-bed facility in growing North Grenville, south of Ottawa, said it was actively working to recruit staff to head off temporary closures in the future.

Anyone who needs immediate medical attention should call 911 and paramedics will take them to the nearest emergency department for care, the hospital said.

For people traveling for emergency care, the closest emergency departments to KDH are the Winchester District Memorial Hospital, Queensway Carleton Hospital, Brockville General Hospital and

Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital.

Patients can also speak with a registered nurse at Telehealth Ontario by calling 1-866-797-0000 or TTY 1-866-797-0007. People can also call the new Health Connect Ontario service at 811 for advice or chat online with a registered nurse at Health Connect Ontario.

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