Ottawa’s Montfort Hospital closes ER for second night – CTV

Aug. 7, 2022

The emergency department at the Montfort Hospital is closed for a second straight night, as the hospital in Ottawa’s east end deals with an “unprecedented shortage” of nurses.

And the Ottawa Hospital warns its emergency departments at the Civic Campus and General Campus will “likely experience higher-than-usual patient volumes, which will result in much longer wait times.”

The Montfort Hospital ER was closed between 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. Sunday, and will be closed again from 7:30 p.m. Sunday to 7:30 a.m. Monday, forcing residents in the east end needing emergency care to travel eight kilometres to the Ottawa Hospital General Campus.

“You can get sick in the middle of the night. What are you going to do if you have a heart attack in the middle of the night?” said one person outside the Montfort Hospital on Saturday. “You’re going to have to go to another hospital.”

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