COVID-19 cases increase in the Restigouche: Certain services temporarily closed in Dalhousie and visits cancelled in Campbellton

Campbellton, Friday, October 9, 2020 – With COVID-19 cases increasing in Region 5 (Restigouche), Vitalité Health Network announces that visits to the Campbellton Regional Hospital are cancelled.  This is a precautionary measure to protect patients, visitors and employees.  The services of the St. Joseph Community Health Centre (CHC) in Dalhousie are also affected by the increased cases in the region.  

The Network confirms that 18 of its employees from the Restigouche region are currently in isolation, either because they have COVID-19 or were found to be close contacts through Public Health’s contact tracing. 

Temporary reduction of certain services at the St. Joseph CHC in Dalhousie

  • Phlebotomy (blood work) services: closed until further notice.  Patients who need these services may be directed to the Campbellton Regional Hospital.
  • Walk-In Clinic: open today as planned, closed Monday, October 12, 2020.
  • Collaborative Practice: closed today and Monday, October 12, 2020.  Patients who need to consult a physician are asked to call Tele-Care (811) or to go to a walk-in clinic.
  • Ambulatory Care Services: in the case that certain ambulatory care services are impacted, the patients directly affected will be contacted to rebook their appointments or direct them to the Campbellton Regional Hospital, as the case may be.

Visits cancelled at the Campbellton Regional Hospital

Visits are cancelled throughout the hospital, except in these cases:

  • Visits to the Obstetric, Pediatric and Palliative Care (end-of-life) units are restricted to one designated visitor per patient;
  • As for patients who will receive medical assistance in dying, the presence of two designated visitors is allowed (one at a time), except in exceptional cases where one of the visitors would require assistance to go to the patient’s bedside.

The Network apologizes for any inconvenience that these temporary closures may cause and would like to thank the public for their understanding.