A News Release from Niagara Health, Niagara, Ontario’s amalgamated system of hospital services
Posted February 10th, 2022 on Niagara At Large
The Fort Erie Urgent Care Centre will fully reopen to provide 24/7 service beginning on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 8 a.m.
In addition, consistent with recent changes in provincial direction, Niagara Health will proceed with the gradual resumption of surgical, procedural and outpatient services beginning next week.
“We are pleased to be in a position to start reopening services for patients, and appreciate the community’s understanding during this challenging fifth wave when we had to make difficult decisions to prioritize care for patients needing critical, emergency and acute care services,” says Lynn Guerriero, Niagara Health President and CEO.
“It is going to take time to get back to full capacity, recognizing that we must do so in a safe way. The pandemic is not over, so we need to ensure capacity to care for a potential surge of COVID-19 patients. It is also important that we prioritize the health and wellbeing of our staff and physicians who are exhausted after battling this virus for two years.”
Patients will be contacted directly to re-schedule their appointments for surgeries, procedures and outpatient services. They do not need to contact the hospital.
Niagara Health is seeing lower volumes of COVID-19 hospitalizations. As of Feb. 8 at 11:59 p.m., we were caring for 73 patients with COVID-19.
Niagara Falls NDP MPP WayneGates, whose provincial riding includes Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake, comments on Niagara Health commitment RE: Fort Erie Urgent Care
NIAGARA —NDP MPP Wayne Gates (Representing Fort Erie) responded to Niagara Health’s update on Fort Erie.
“We told the people of Fort Erie we wouldn’t let their hospital close permanently – we’re pleased today to say it will be re-opening February 23rd at 8:00 am. We have a commitment that it will be a full restoration of the previous urgent care services, that not one service will be lost.
I want to thank Mayor Redekop and Regional Councillor Insinna who worked tirelessly with our team to make sure the voice of Fort Erie was heard. The UCC never should’ve faced closure in the first place but the residents can rest assured that it will be re-opened.
We’d like to thank the staff of Niagara Health who have been under enormous stress and have been working heroically around the clock during this crisis, and the President of Niagara Health, Lynn Guerrero, for working with us on this issue.
It’s shameful that Premier Ford ever allowed this to happen to our community and never stood up for the people of Fort Erie, but with us working together with Niagara Health, local leaders and residents—services are restored. We came together as a community and said we want our urgent care back and that’s what happened here. Niagara Health and the residents of Fort Erie should be commended for making this happen.
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