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Starting Today McMaster ER Closed to Adults - 18 and older must go to other Hospitals


As we reported earlier last week, as of today (April 4th) McMaster University Medical Centre has closed its emergency department, transforming it strictly into a
children’s hospital. The shift is part of Hamilton Health Sciences’ Access to the Best Care (ABC) plan that is realigning its hospitals’ services to more specialized care. This means that adults (including McMaster students over 18 years old) will no longer be seen at this emergency department.

In the three days leading up to the big move, medical equipment and 270 staff members will move to Hamilton’s other hospitals. Juravinski Hospital gets 185 people, Hamilton General Hospital gets 59, St. Joseph’s Healthcare gets 22 and the new Main Street West urgent care centre will get four.
There are also staff moving within MUMC to different departments, said hospital spokesperson Agnes Bongers.

Starting today, adult patients in four wards across the hospital will be transferred. A total 102 beds will be moved — six beds from the cardiac care unit are going to the General and St. Joe’s; nine intensive care unit beds will go to Juravinski and one to St. Joe’s; and the remaining 86 beds from three wards will be split among the three hospitals.

Read more at The Hamilton Spectator here and

Where to go if you are 18 years old or over:
  • Hamilton General Hospital, 237 Barton St.
  • Juravinski Hospital, 711 Concession St.
  • St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, 50 Charlton Ave. East
(Open 24 hours, seven days a week)

St. Joe’s — the next furthest west hospital — will be opening its doors to a new group of patients.St. Joe’s is already the busiest emergency department in Hamilton, treating 50,000 patients a year, said Winnie Doyle, vice-president of clinical programs at St. Joseph’s.To start, they are anticipating a spike of an additional 5,000 patients.
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