‘Significant staff shortage’ forces ICU closure at Bowmanville Hospital – CBC

Decision to close Durham facility ‘was not made lightly’ Lakeridge Health says

Jul 29, 2022

The intensive care unit at Bowmanville Hospital is set to temporarily close due to a “significant staff shortage,” according to the hospital network in Durham Region, with services instead moving to nearby facilities.

“This decision was not made lightly,” Lakeridge Health said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.

“We recognize the impact of this temporary relocation on patients and their families.”

Critical care services will be consolidated at Ajax Pickering and Oshawa hospitals, the statement said.

“We continue to assess the situation regularly, with the goal of bringing back critical care services to the Bowmanville Hospital when staffing stabilizes, and it is safe to do so,” it continued.

Lakeridge Health also noted that “many Ontario hospitals” continue to struggle with severe staffing shortages.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/staff-shortage-bowmanville-hospital-icu-closure-1.6535963

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