The Montérégie-Ouest Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSSMO) has temporarily closed the Suroît Hospital’s emergency department and ambulance services until at least 4 p.m. today. The temporary measure in place at the regional hospital in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield is the result of a high volume of traffic and lack of staff. The situation will be reassessed later in the day.
In a statement issued by the CISSSMO, the director of hospital activities at the Suroît Hospital, Dominique Pilon, emphasized that patient safety was being prioritized. “This temporary closure was the ultimate solution, and everyone has been mobilized to reopen as soon as possible,” she says.
According to the CISSSMO, a course of action has been put in place to minimize the impact of such a measure and to ensure services to the population served by the Suroît Hospital are maintained. In particular, all ambulances will be redirected to other hospitals in the Montérégie.
Patients were advised yesterday afternoon (September 15) to avoid the emergency department at the hospital. The Journal le Saint-François reports that as of 9 a.m. this morning, the occupancy rate was at 191 per cent, with 61 patients waiting on stretchers.
The CISSSMO is asking patients to consider all possible health care options before going to an emergency room at this time. (SR)
UPDATED Thursday, September 16 at 4:48 p.m.: Shortly after 4:30 p.m., the CISSSMO announced that ambulance service is now gradually being reinstated at the Suroît Hospital.