The Suroît Hospital, located in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, has reached a breaking point. For lack of sufficient staff and due to “high” traffic, the hospital center had to close its emergency ambulatory services until 4 pm Thursday, reports the CISSS de la Montérégie-Ouest. “The situation will be reassessed at this time for a possible reopening,” says one in a press release.
The situation has been critical since Wednesday. Ten emergency nurses, working days, had to work compulsory overtime (TSO) in the evening, indicates the Union of healthcare professionals of Montérégie-Ouest (FIQ-SPSMO). “When the night shift arrived, they realized that the number of staff was insufficient to come and relieve them of their duties,” said its president Mélanie Gignac. So, the head of the emergency room came back, we have directors who put on their uniforms and who came to work on the floor! “
Six nurses were absent on their day shift Thursday. “They did not return this morning, but be aware that there was already a lack of personnel,” says Mélanie Gignac.
The CISSS de la Montérégie-Ouest emphasizes that the ambulances will be redirected to other hospitals in the Montérégie. The health establishment invites the population to consider all the possible options before going to the emergency room: going to a family doctor, going to a walk-in clinic or seeing their pharmacist.
Further details will follow.