Ross Memorial Hospital - Kawartha Lakes
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Increased Patient Volumes May Lead to Longer Wait Times

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April 22, 2022

Increased Patient Volumes May Lead to Longer Wait Times

(Lindsay, ON) – Ross Memorial Hospital is currently experiencing higher than normal Emergency Department and inpatient volumes. With the added pressure of staffing shortages created by COVID-19, the hospital is cautioning that wait times may be longer than usual for all but the most acute illnesses and conditions.

With those realities in mind, Ross Memorial is encouraging community members to assess all of their healthcare options before seeking care at the hospital.

Those considering coming to the Emergency Department are asked to assess their illness and consider alternative options for care if their situation is not an emergency:

If unsure whether the severity of your condition qualifies as an emergency, please err on the side of caution and visit the Emergency Department (ED). Below are some examples of when you should seek care in the ED:

At Ross Memorial:


“Ross Memorial is continuing to deal with the daily challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. We ask that our community members recognize and appreciate these challenges and the impact they have on our staff, physicians, and the hospital’s delivery of healthcare services.”

- Anne Overhoff, Vice President Clinical and Chief Nursing Executive, Ross Memorial Hospital

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For more information:

Ryan Young

Communications and Public Affairs Officer

Ross Memorial Hospital

M: 705-328-4548