First of many Winnipeg ER changes now in effect

Misericordia's Urgent Care closes 8 p.m. Monday. .
Misericordia's Urgent Care closes 8 p.m. Monday. . Global News

Two major changes to Winnipeg’s health care system have been rolled out in a 12 hour span.

Misericordia Urgent Care officially closed 8 p.m. Monday.  On Sunday night, its sign was taken down and replaced with Misericordia’s address.

Then at 8 a.m. Tuesday, the ER at Victoria Hospital closed as part of its conversion to an Urgent Care Centre.

READ: Victoria Hospital ER to convert to Urgent Care one week today

EMS said last week they’ve been practicing for the changes but anticipate a smooth transition.

Ryan Sneath, Assistant Chief of Paramedic Operations, said under the current system, using a scenario of a person experiencing chest pains, a person whose family drives them to the hospital would be assessed by the ER team and then transferred to St. Boniface for cardiac care, and then potentially back to Victoria.

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Starting Tuesday that patient who is driven to Victoria by family would still be assessed by the urgent care team, and then moved to St. Boniface where they would remain.