Tracadie Hospital

General Info

Founded in the mid-19th century, the Tracadie Hospital was the first French-language hospital in the Maritimes.

The hospital, which moved to a modern building that opened in 1991, provides:

  • Emergency services;
  • General medicine services;
  • Concentrated, palliative care, and dialysis services;
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic services;
  • Ambulatory care and various specialized services.
Services

Reception and Central Scheduling

Hours of operation

  • Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to midnight
  • Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to midnight

Emergency

  • The Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • On average, 7 to 10 persons arrive at the hospital each day by ambulance.
  • A nurse practitioner is on duty Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Medicine

  • Thirty-five beds
  • Acute medicine
  • Palliative care

We also receive patients waiting for home care or for a spot in rehabilitation.

2nd North and Concentrated Care

  • 2nd North
    • Twenty beds
    • Acute and long-term care
    • Telemetry
    • Dysphagia Program to help patients with difficulty swallowing – stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA)
    • Acute medicine and services for patients being assessed for a loss of autonomy or waiting for placement: medication adjustment, rehabilitation, assessment of need for home care
  • Concentrated Care
    • Four beds
    • Acute and long-term care for patients requiring stringent care such as:
      • Cardiac monitoring;
      • Medication administration by a special care nurse

Ambulatory Care

  • Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Clinics with specialists
    • Cardiology
    • Surgery
    • Dermatology
    • Endocrinology
    • Endoscopy
    • Excision
    • Gastroenterology
    • Gynecology and Pap tests
    • General Medicine
    • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    • Nephrology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Respiratory Medicine
    • Plastic Surgery
    • Diabetic Care
    • Telehealth
    • Urology
    • Vaccinations
  • Treatments
    • Administration of blood derivatives
    • Injections, injection of chemotherapy drugs
    • Applying and removing dressings
    • Blood tests (phlebotomy)
    • Checking blood pressure
    • Transfusions
    • Iron treatments
    • Foot care

Satellite Dialysis Unit

Hours of operation: Monday to Saturday, 7:45 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

The unit is equipped with five dialysis machines. Nephrologists from the Chaleur Regional Hospital take turns at the Dialysis Unit twice a month. The nephrologists also see inpatients.

Dietetics

  • Hours of operation
    • Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Services
    • Assessment, consultation, intervention and education for the whole population on diabetes, high blood pressure, gastritis, cholesterol, etc.
    • Diabetic Education Clinic five days a week with a nurse, including one clinic with a dietitian.

Electrodiagnostics

  • Hours of operation
    • Examinations by appointment: Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Services
    • Electrocardiogram
    • Blood pressure monitor
    • Holter monitor

Occupational Therapy

  • Hours of operation
    • Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Services
    • Assessment
    • Consultation
    • Intervention and education – patients of all ages

Medical Imaging

  • Hours of operation
    • Examinations by appointment: Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Emergency general x-rays: From 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
    • Emergency CT scans: Service provided by an on-call technologist after hours
  • Services
    • General x-rays
    • Fluoroscopy
    • Screening and diagnostic mammography
    • Ultrasonography
    • CT scan

Laboratory

  • Hours of operation
    • The Laboratory is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    • Appointments for routine tests are between 7:55 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., Monday to Friday.
  • Tests
    • Biochemistry: routine tests, cardiac markers (tropo. and myo.), blood gases, sweat test
    • Hematology: hemogram, PT/INR, PTT, sedimentation
    • Urine
    • Transfusion medicine: ABO-RH group, antibody screening, crossmatching, preparation of derivatives like fresh frozen plasma and platelets

Speech-Language Pathology

  • Hours of operation
    • Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Services
    • Assessment of communication disorders (language, voice, speech)
    • Intervention, consultation and education – preschool, adult and geriatric patients

Physiotherapy

  • Hours of operation
    • Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Services
    • Assessment
    • Consultation
    • Intervention and education for neurological, geriatric, and orthopedic problems

Food Services

  • Hours of operation
    • Monday to Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  •  Services
    • Sixty-seat cafeteria for visitors and employees
    • Three meals a day, seven days a week, for patients, and two meals a day for visitors and employees
    • Healthy menu
    • Catering

Psychology Department

  • Hours of operation
    • Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Services
    • Prevention and treatment of psychological aspects of physical illness
    • The three main aspects are:
    • Consultation;
    • Psychological assessment;
    • Therapy/interventions.

Social Work

  • Hours of operation
    • Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Services
    • Consultation
    • Coordination of long-term care
    • Assessment of patients for community referral
    • Assessment of inpatients’ and outpatients’ social situation

Spiritual and Religious Care

  • Hours of operation
    • From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., seven days a week
  • Services
    • Listening and presence
    • Accompanying severely ill patients and their family
    • Absolution, sacrament of the sick, communion and Mass
    • Spiritual helping relationships

Respiratory Therapy

  • Hours of operation
    • Every day, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    • On call, from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
  • Services
    • Assessment, intervention, consultation and education
    • Asthma Clinic
    • Smoking Cessation Program for patients and staff
    • Pulmonary Clinic

Addictions

Services are attached to the hospital but managed by Community Health Services.

  • Inpatient: Detox (voluntary admission)
  • Outpatient: Information, educational program, community initiative, consultation
Visiting Hours

Since September 1, 2017, close family and friends can visit their loved ones at all times.

How to get there
Parking

Rates

$1 for the visitors’ parking lot
$2 for the Emergency Department parking lot

History

The lazaretto opened in 1849 to take in lepers when the Sheldrake Island lazaretto was moved from the Miramichi region to Tracadie.

On September 29, 1868, the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph moved to Tracadie to care for the lepers.
In 1897, after great efforts by the community and the Religious Hospitallers, the people of Tracadie and area had a 30-bed hospital. It was the first French-language hospital in the Maritimes.

On January 6, 1943, fire destroyed the hospital. Only three years later, in 1946, did the 80-bed Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph de Tracadie admit its first patient. An adjacent wing was built to care for lepers, and it remained open until 1965.

From 1947 to 1973, the hospital was recognized as a preparation and training institution for nurses and practical nurses.

In 1951, the Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph de Tracadie was accredited by the Canadian Council on Hospital Accreditation.

In 1977, the hospital became the Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Joseph de Tracadie Inc. The Religious Hospitallers remained its owners and agreed to cede their residence to the hospital to allow expansion.

Construction of the current hospital began on August 31, 1986, and it was officially opened on June 9, 1991. Today, the Tracadie Hospital still provides inpatient services in a 59-bed facility, as well as basic services in medicine, concentrated care, palliative care, and dialysis, not to mention diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, support and ambulatory care.

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