Edmundston pediatric and obstetrical services, Sackville emergency closed on Thursday


Sackville Memorial Hospital’s emergency room is closed until 8 a.m. Friday due to a shortage of staff, according to a Tweet from Horizon Health.

« Anyone in need of urgent medical attention during this time will need to seek care at another hospital, » read Horizon Health’s announcement on Twitter on closing from 4 p.m.

The emergency room is generally open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

In the meantime, the Edmundston Regional Hospital has temporarily closed its pediatric and obstetrics departments due to a shortage of pediatricians.

These services will not be available on Thursday, said the Vitalité Health Network.

For pediatric services, Vitalité has established a transfer corridor with the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton for patients arriving by ambulance.

« Pregnant women must go to the Edmundston Regional Hospital for an assessment to determine if a transfer to another hospital is necessary for the delivery, » said Vitalité. « However, obstetric services leading up to delivery and after delivery will be maintained. »

On Tuesday, the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst suspended pediatric services until August 15, also due to a lack of staff.



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