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Labour and delivery unit at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital closing temporarily due to staffing shortages

In a statement, hospital officials said that the obstetrical department is closing temporarily until Oct. 10. 
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The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (PSFDH) is closing its labour and delivery unit for the next two weeks due to staffing shortages. 

In a statement, hospital officials said that the obstetrical department is closing temporarily until Oct. 10. 

"We are working with area hospitals, ambulance services and families to ensure proper supports are in place," the statement said. "The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is committed to providing safe and high quality patient care and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this temporary closure."

The statement said that anyone requiring immediate medical help are asked to call 9-1-1 and paramedics will bring patient to the nearest emergency department for care.

The hospital had previously shut down the emergency department at its Perth, Ont., for three weeks in July due to staffing issues.

Hospitals across the province have closed their emergency departments for hours and even days over the past several months, primarily due to nurses' shortages.

The closures have affected rural hospitals more than urban centres.

With files from The Canadian Press.

 





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