Get the shovels in the ground: Mayor pushes for rebuild of West Lincoln Memorial Hospital

Lincoln's Mayor says it's time to rebuild West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, and the matter is urgent.

Sandra Easton telling CKTB if action is not taken to rebuild the hospital in Grimsby, "we are going to be in very serious shape."

Easton commenting following the continued closure of obstetric services on the weekends, and word that some services like endoscopies will have to be moved out of the hospital while renovations are taking place.

She says the only way to avoid service disruptions would have been to plan ahead at the management level and that didn't happen.

Easton has been told that some services will be relocated for 6-8 weeks to allow for renovations.

She says there has been a lack of respect when it comes to pre-planning for the rebuild of the 72 year-old facility.

To listen to Mayor Easton's full interview with Matt Holmes, click here.

It was back in November of last year, Premier Doug Ford promised to rebuild the hospital, and committed $500,000 for the planning process.

Niagara West PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff says plans for a new hospital in Grimsby are moving faster than expected.

He says while he understands there has been community frustration about the process, residents should feel confident that a new West Lincoln Memorial Hospital will be built.

Oosterhoff says the PC government is committed to getting shovels in the ground by the end of their mandate. (June 2022)

In an editorial piece sent to the St.Catharines Standard this week, a Hamilton Health Sciences official said "it is likely that we may have to move or disrupt our services to make the renovations possible."

The group, Save West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, says they will not stand down until shovels are in the ground.

The hospital was built in the 1940's and delivers almost 1000 babies a year.