Prince Edward Island hospital warns of reduced access to epidurals due to labor shortages – National

A hospital in Prince Edward Island is warning patients that some epidural services may not be available until the end of next week.

The province says in a news release that Prince County Hospital in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, has only one anesthesiologist, who may not be available between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. h until September 2.

The hospital’s four anesthetist positions are vacant, leaving it dependent on doctors from nearby facilities.

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Dr. Hani Farag, chief of obstetrics at Prince County Hospital, says the facility offers a variety of pain management options other than epidurals.

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The statement says the reduction is unrelated to the current nationwide epidural supply issue.

A shortage of epidural tubes used to administer pain medication is affecting many parts of Canada, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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