The pressure within Ontario and on our hospital due to COVID-19 is escalating rapidly.
Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) continues to create capacity for critical care and to ensure that the team members with the specialized skills and expertise required to care for the sickest patients are available and supported.
HHS has been ramping down scheduled surgeries and non-emergent, non-urgent activities to be able to free-up staff for the response.
As of Friday, April 16, 2021 at 1500 hours, the OR at WLMH will temporarily close and Labour and Delivery will also be temporarily redirected to Niagara Health.
Patients will be advised by their health care provider about any changes to their care plan.
Any surgeries or procedures booked in the operating rooms at WLMH will be cancelled and rebooked. Additional information about pausing scheduled care is available here.
Appointments and diagnostic procedures, such as X-rays and ECGs, will go forward as scheduled.
All other hospital services remain open, including the emergency department.
As always, we thank our staff, physicians and partners at Niagara Health for their ongoing flexibility, professionalism and support of our patients.