William Osler Health System is temporarily closing its Urgent Care Centre at Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness so the hospital can help better focus on high-risk, vulnerable patients in the community during COVID-19.
Dr. Naveed Mohammad, Osler’s new President and CEO said in a statement that “with an extremely low number of patients visiting the Urgent Care Centre in recent weeks, we saw this as a priority opportunity to reassign our highly-skilled doctors and nurses to other areas of the hospital where they are most needed at this time – like our emergency departments and critical care areas.”
Dr. Mohammed said that patients who require urgent care services can be seen in Osler’s Emergency Departments at Brampton Civic Hospital and Etobicoke General Hospital, both of which are seeing lower-than-normal volumes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any surge in inpatient and emergency department patient volumes at Brampton Civic and Etobicoke General would trigger a re-opening of the Urgent Care Centre and the Peel Memorial site.
The temporary closure will take effect on Friday, April 24 at the UCC’s closing time (9:00 p.m.). Osler’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Peel Memorial remains open, as does some of its specialized outpatient clinics, like dialysis.