London's hospitals are expecting\u00a0mounting pressure\u00a0as\u00a091 Saudi Arabian medical students are being forced to leave the country by the end of the month.\r\nOfficials with London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) say\u00a0they are continuing to make plans on how to deal with the exodus of Saudi residents after their government gave them orders to pack up and leave.\r\n"It was something that caught me by surprise, as I'm sure it caught many people by surprise,"\u00a0LHSC\u00a0president and CEO Dr. Paul Woods told CBC\u00a0news.\r\n"Health care is, by its very nature, one where sudden changes occur on a fairly regular basis."\r\nWoods said they have been compiling a\u00a0task force approach to solve anticipated problems in the coming weeks, but there will be pressure to keep up with the current levels of care.\r\nSaudi students working in London hospitals are providing direct patient care in all of the\u00a0LHSC's\u00a0clinical programs. That includes departments such as\u00a0neuroscience, orthopedics and\u00a0cardiac surgery.\r\n"These learners have been a valuable part of our community for a long time and continue to be," said Woods.\r\nHospitals plan to maintain current levels of care\r\nWoods said\u00a0the pending work load will ultimately be passed on to the non-Saudi trainees and faculty.\r\n"The impact will definitely be on the basis of manpower, that we are going to have to provide the same level of services with less people," he said.\r\n"In terms of quality and safety, I don't anticipate any impact because we have contingency plans that are being developed right\u00a0now."\r\nUltimately, Woods said\u00a0fewer people are going to have to provide the same level of service.\r\nThere is no indication that any research projects within the\u00a0LHSC\u00a0will be severely impacted by the loss of Saudi students.\r\n"Those projects may slow down temporarily because of the loss of expertise and loss of students," said Woods.\r\nThere is no word if any Saudi faculty are being asked to leave the country.\r\nSupport for Saudi students\r\nThe residents and fellows are among\u00a0152\u00a0students in London who are being forced to relocate by the end of the month\u00a0after receiving an order from their country to leave Canada.\r\nAmong them are 131 Western University students and 21\u00a0Fanshawe\u00a0College students.\r\nMany of those students are being\u00a0forced to sell their cars, pay off any outstanding debts, prematurely end\u00a0their home leases and cancel all other commitments to relocate.\r\n"I would hope that there would be some sort of diplomatic solution that would allow the trainees to remain," said Woods.\r\n"They're an important part of our medical community and we'd like to not\u00a0lose them."\r\nWhile the LHSC is not directly providing assistance to the Saudi students, Western University\u00a0is working to provide academic support for their transitions.