If you are in need of serious medical attention, CALL 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Department.
Due to rapidly changing demands and the need to see the sickest patients first,
your own wait time may be more or less than the time displayed here.
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Emergency
Last Update 2 hrs 7:21 AM
Waiting: 11 Treating: 34
Emergency
Last Update 2 hrs 7:21 AM
Waiting: 5 Treating: 12
Emergency
Last Update 1.5 hrs 7:21 AM
Waiting: 1 Treating: 13
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Urgent Care
Last Update 1.5 hrs 7:21 AM
Waiting: 1 Treating: 0
Urgent Care
Last Update 0.5 hrs 7:21 AM
Waiting: 0 Treating: 1

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What is a wait time?

The wait time presented here refers to the time in hours between being assessed by a triage nurse and seeing a doctor or nurse practitioner.

What do the patient numbers mean?

Waiting = The number of patients who have not yet had an initial assessment by a physician or nurse practitioner.
Treating = The number of patients who have had an initial assessment by a physician or nurse practitioner.

Disclaimer

The Niagara Health System Emergency Department and Urgent Care Centre wait times are provided for general information only. Please be advised that wait times can change significantly and immediately, without warning, and are therefore not guaranteed. Patients will be seen based on their medical condition and the severity of their situation.

Due to rapidly changing demands and the need to see the sickest patients first, your own wait time may be more or less than the time displayed on this website.

The displaying of wait times on the Niagara Health System website is for general information only and is not medical advice or a recommendation that you choose a different Emergency Department or Urgent Care Centre.

Niagara Health System clearly disclaims all liability for the use of this information and for any claims, actions, demands or suits arising from such use.

Niagara Health System does not assume, and is not responsible for any liability whatsoever arising from any person’s use of this website, including any decisions made about their personal health as a result of using this website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you making this information available to the public?

Wait times in our Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centres are among the most frequently asked questions by our patients and families. Launching this new system reinforces our commitment to be transparent and accountable by communicating information in real time that will help those we serve make more informed decisions about their care.
For all medical emergencies, call 9-1-1 (free from any cell or payphone). Emergency Departments treat patients with serious injuries and illness. Urgent Care Centres treat patients with minor injuries and illness.

What does the online wait time represent?

The online wait time reflects the most current estimate of how long it will take from the time you are assessed by a triage nurse in the Emergency Department or Urgent Care Centre until you are seen by a doctor or nurse practitioner. It is not a guarantee of the length of time patients will wait.

Why are wait times always changing?

Emergency demand can change quickly and dramatically depending on patient need. An incident such as a serious trauma can unexpectedly and significantly impact the wait time for others. The wait time data is updated every 20 minutes, allowing us to provide the most current estimate of the wait time patients can expect to see a physician or nurse practitioner when and if they come to one of our Emergency Departments or Urgent Care Centres.

Why are other people being seen before me?

The sickest patients are always seen first to ensure they get the care they need, even though they may arrive at the Emergency Department after other patients. Patients with life- or limb-threatening injuries or illness are treated first, followed by those with less urgent illness or medical conditions.

All Canadian hospitals use the same standard tool to evaluate a patient’s medical urgency. A specially trained triage nurse assesses each patient’s condition upon arrival and prioritizes their medical need based on five triage levels, No. 1 being the most critical and No. 5 being non-urgent.

Should I use the online wait times to determine where I should go?

The online wait time tool is meant to give the public general information about wait times.

In the case of a serious emergency, always call 911. Urgent Care Centres are for minor injuries or illness. If your medical problem isn’t urgent, you may want to consider alternatives other than the Emergency Department, such as Urgent Care Centres, family doctors’ offices or walk-in clinics. Using any of these options for minor medical issues helps alleviate pressure on Emergency Departments and reduces wait times for everyone. Providing wait times on the NHS website is not medical advice or a recommendation that you choose a specific Emergency Department or Urgent Care Centre.