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COVID Outbreak: Temporary redirect of obstetrics starting December 14

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks on C-Ward and ICU at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (WLMH), obstetrical services will be temporarily redirected to Niagara Health, starting Tuesday, December 14 at 7:00 am.

The earliest the outbreaks can be declared over is December 26, pending no new cases are confirmed in connection with these outbreaks. Once declared over, the decision will be made as to when obstetrical services will resume at WLMH.

Information for mothers in labour

The decision to temporarily redirect was not made lightly. The two units in outbreak combine for approximately 50 per cent of available beds at the site. In order to keep the Emergency Department functioning and supporting the community, while not causing further delay to surgeries and adding to the provincial backlog, the temporary redirect was the only remaining option. During this period, the obstetrical unit will be temporarily used for medical patient admissions.

For families expecting to deliver at WLMH during this time, please contact Angela Leslie at 905-945-2253 ext 11436, visit wlmh.ca or speak with your obstetrical care provider for further information. We appreciate your understanding as we work to keep all patients in our care safe.

As always, we thank our staff, physicians and partners at Niagara Health for their support.