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Hospital emergency room in Mindemoya to face shutdowns

Doctor shortage is blamed for not being able to keep emergency room running full time at the Manitoulin Health Centre
The emergency department in Mindemoya is operated by the Manitoulin Health Centre.

The doctor shortage is expected to negatively impact the Manitoulin Health Centre in October.

The health centre, which runs two emergency rooms — one in Little Current and the other in Mindemoya — said Tuesday the Mindemoya Emergency Room will have several days of shutdowns next month.

The dates have not yet been revealed. The health centre said the closure dates will be shared publicly as they are confirmed.

"All other hospital operations in Mendemoya will be operating normally," said a posted announcement on Tuesday. "Residents may call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 for health care advice."

The information was posted in a public announcement on the Facebook page of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, and signed by Paula Fields, the president and CEO of the Manitoulin Health Centre. 

"Residents on Manitoulin Island will continue to receive excellent emergency health services by either calling 911 or attending Manitoulin Health Centre's other emergency department in Little Current,” Fields’ announcement states. 

“We are working diligently to limit the closures. More details will be released closer to the closure dates. We truly apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

Len Gillis covers health care and mining for


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Graduating from the Journalism program at Canadore College in the 1970s, Gillis has spent most of his career reporting on news events across Northern Ontario with several radio, television and newspaper companies. He also spent time as a hardrock miner.
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