The Durham Hospital Emergency Department. The Durham Hospital Emergency Department. (Photo courtesy of Google)

Two local hospitals to see ER closures this weekend

Two hospitals in the region will be closing their emergency departments this weekend because of staffing shortages.

The South Bruce Grey Health Centre announced Friday morning it is closing the Durham Emergency Department overnight on Saturday. The closure will begin at 5 p.m. on December 2 and the emergency department will reopen Sunday, December 3 at 7 a.m.

On Friday afternoon, the Huron Perth Health Alliance announced that the emergency department at St. Marys Memorial Hospital will be clsed from 9 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday.

"Anyone requiring immediate medical attention should call 9-1-1," a statement from HPHA said. "Paramedics will remain available to the community and will re-route to the nearest available Emergency Department to ensure local residents continue to have access to the emergency services they need."

This is the second overnight closure for Durham this week. The ED was also closed on Wednesday. The South Bruce Grey Health Centre only provided notice for that closure over Facebook, a half-hour before it began.

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