We reached out to Sault Area Hospital to ask multiple questions in regards to todays events hoping to put some of the online speculation to rest. We asked if ORNGE air was involved, what to expect if coming to ER and if blood donations are needed at the hospital.
Brandy Sharp-Young, Communications Manager for Sault Area Hospital was able to tell us they initiated a “Significant Trauma Alert today in response to a serious motor vehicle accident north of the city.”
She also said SAH is working with CritiCall Ontario “to ensure all necessary services are available for patients to receive safe and timely care, transport and access to the health services they need.”
According to CritiCall’s website they are a Ontario government funded organization.
“CritiCall Ontario is a dynamic and progressive healthcare organization dedicated to supporting access to and delivery of urgent and emergent care within Ontario,” says their website. “Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, CritiCall Ontario provides a variety of services to physicians, hospitals and other healthcare stakeholders with the goal of helping to ensure Ontario patients can access the urgent and emergent care they need as close to home as possible.”
SAH is asking for your patience if you are headed to their hospital and want people to know they do not need blood donations at this time.
Sharp-Young’s full statement is below.
“Sault Area Hospital experienced a significant trauma alert today in response to the serious motor vehicle accident north of the city, receiving ten patients. As part of the response, we are working with CritiCall Ontario to ensure all necessary services are available for patients to receive safe and timely care, transport and access to the health services they need.
SAH is not accepting blood donations. Our Emergency Department remains open to our community. We ask for your patience as longer wait times may be experienced. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes to our patients and families.
We thank you for your patience and understanding.”
Stay with SaultOnline as we continue to update this ongoing tragedy.