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Durham emergency department closing overnight Friday

South Bruce Grey Health Centre said its Durham emergency department will close overnight starting late Friday afternoon.

A release sent by the hospital network late Thursday evening stated the Durham site will close at 5 p.m. and reopen Saturday,  November 12 at 7 a.m.

"All efforts to find staffing for the emergency department have been undertaken without success," a statement from SBGHC read.

Ambulance by-pass will begin at 5 p.m. and patients will be transported to the next closest emergency department.

Those in need of emergent medical attention should still call 911. Non-urgen health care needs can be made to Health Connect Ontario 24/7 at 811.

The closure notice comes the same day SBGHC announced that the Chesley Hospital Emergency Department is resuming weekday service.

The closest Emergency Departments to the Durham Hospital are:

• Hanover (20km)

• Mount Forest (25km)

• Markdale (28km)

• Walkerton (28km)

• Owen Sound (46km)

• Palmerston (46km)

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