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Emergency and Urgent Care Services Changing Monday in Port Colborne

Posted Jul 3rd, 2009

Effective Monday, July 6, at 8 a.m., the Emergency Room at the Port Colborne Site of the Niagara Health System (NHS) converts to a 24/7 Urgent Care Centre, serving people of all ages with minor illnesses and injuries round the clock.

Residents of Port Colborne, Wainfleet and surrounding communities will continue to receive care at the Urgent Care Centre from physicians and registered nurses, who will treat non-life-threatening injuries and ailments, such as:

  • Simple fractures, sprains, sports injuries
  • Cuts that may need stitches
  • Minor burns
  • Minor abdominal pain (nausea, vomiting, flu)
  • Ear, nose, throat and eye problems
  • Coughs and colds
  • Minor mental health issues

The Urgent Care Centre has services such as x-rays, lab tests and pharmacy. NHS Urgent (Prompt) Care Centres are located at Port Colborne Site and Ontario Street Site in St. Catharines.

Residents should call 911 or go to the closest ER with the following emergencies...

  • Chest pain and/or shortness of breath
  • Broken bones
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Stroke symptoms - Sudden, severe headaches, vision problems, sudden weakness, numbness and/or tingling in the face, arm or leg, trouble speaking, or dizziness (Niagara’s Stroke Centre is at Greater Niagara General Site in Niagara Falls)
  • Major injuries
  • Mental health issues
  • Child has diarrhea and vomiting and won't eat or drink
  • Baby under six months has a fever over 38.5°C (101°F)

ER Departments are located at the following NHS hospital sites – Douglas Memorial Site (Fort Erie), Greater Niagara General Site (Niagara Falls), St. Catharines General Site, Welland General Site.

Read more on ER and Urgent Care Centres

For more information, contact:

Caroline Bourque Wiley
Consultant, Public Affairs
905-378-4647, ext. 43113

Niagara Health System