St. Joe's flood exterior

The surgical suite at St. Joe's hospital in downtown Hamilton suffered serious flooding on Thursday morning, forcing its ER to close and putting other local hospitals under pressure. (Terry Asma/CBC)

What do I do if I have an emergency?

If you have a serious medical emergency contact 911.

If you have a non-urgent medical issue — a cut, possible broken bone, or flu-like symptoms for example — you can attend the St. Joseph's Urgent Care Centre in Stoney Creek (from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.), or the HSS Main Street West Urgent Care Centre (from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

You can also go to Hamilton General Hospital on Barton Street or Juravinski's emergency room on the Mountain. The emergency room at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton's Charlton Campus is accepting walk-in patients only. 

Parents should bring their sick children to McMaster's emergency department.

What if I had a surgery scheduled at St. Joe's?

You won't be going under the knife this week. Surgeries scheduled at St. Joe's are all cancelled until at least Monday, hospital officials said. The hospital said it's currently working with surgeons to re-book appointments. 

Non-urgent, scheduled surgeries have also been cancelled yesterday and today at the Juravinski and Hamilton General Hospitals. Some of those surgeries will resume tomorrow, so check with the hospital.

Minor surgeries at the Stoney Creek Urgent Care Centre, however, are going ahead as planned.

What about my outpatient visit?

Outpatient visits are back on at St. Joe's as of Thursday. 

Can I visit someone at St. Joe's?

Of course. No patients staying at St. Joe's were injured by the flooding, and all visits are going ahead as normal.

Where can I find updated information about the flooding?

St. Joe's and HHS have vowed to hold daily teleconferences with local media. You can also check this link on the St. Joe's official site, or check their Twitter of Facebook account. 

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