LWDH is ringing the alarm bells, they warn of emergency department closures this summer. 

In a press release, the Lake of the Woods District Hospital (LWDH) shared that due to a significant lack of Health Human Resources, the Kenora hospital will most likely see temporary emergency department (ED) closures this summer.  

A problem known to most of northwestern Ontario, Lake of the Woods District Hospital says they are struggling to find physician coverage to avoid any closures. In their statement, the hospital said “there is a strong chance that due to circumstances beyond our control, closures are imminent throughout the summer months.” 

According to the hospital, LWDH has contingency plans in place should they be forced to close the ED doors.  

“We understand how stressful this message can be. LWDH would like to assure you that a contingency plan is in place and during a closure, a patient who requires emergency care will be transported to the nearest Emergency Department.” 

“We will continue to work as a region to advocate for equitable access to necessary healthcare resources and to seek long-term solutions to address health human resource strategies in our area.” 

LWDH wanted to recognize the amazing staff they currently have, “It is also important to recognize the hard work and dedication of our local physicians, many of whom provide coverage in a number of services over and above the ED including busy family practices, anesthesia, hospital inpatients, surgical assist, obstetrics, fracture clinic, etc.” 

“These pending closures are weighing heavily on our exhausted ED physician team, and though they are doing everything to prevent a closure, they know it is important to communicate to you that this may occur.” 

If and when a closure is going to happen, LWDH states there will be extensive communication to make sure everyone is made aware.