Citing the “rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19,” the McGill University Health Centre announced on Friday that the Lachine Hospital emergency department would remain closed between 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. “until further notice.”
The hospital was scheduled to resume the normal operating hours of its emergency department on Jan. 10.
Walk-in patients can continue to come to the ER between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., seven days a week.
In a press release issued Friday, the MUHC said the “difficult but necessary decision” was due to the fifth wave of COVID-19, “outbreaks at the hospital and the number of sick employees.”
Dr. Pierre Gfeller, president of the MUHC, said it was necessary to “ensure that the outbreaks are over and that our workers at the Lachine Hospital are well enough to provide quality care and a safe environment for patients and employees.”
The Lachine Hospital ER has been operating on a reduced schedule since Nov. 7 because of a lack of nursing staff and respiratory therapists.