Measures taken to reduce overcrowding at Dr. Georges L. Dumont UHC and Stella Maris de Kent Hospital

Moncton, Thursday, April 1, 2021 – Vitalité Health Network is taking measures to reduce overcrowding at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre and Stella Maris de Kent Hospital.

For a period of one week, admissions will be strictly limited to cases absolutely requiring hospitalization and urgent surgeries only will be performed. Furthermore, all cases currently hospitalized will be reviewed to determine whether certain patients could safely be returned home or transferred to another care setting. The situation will be re-evaluated in one week to determine whether these measures need to be extended or not.

According to Sharon Smyth-Okana, Vice-President of Clinical Services, these measures are necessary to reduce the patient overflow that both these hospitals are currently experiencing.  “All our teams on the ground have been mobilized to find solutions to the current challenges and ensure that our patients receive safe and high-quality care,” she explained. “We are also concerned about ensuring that our employees have a safe and healthy work environment.”

The Network thanks the public for their understanding and regrets any inconvenience that this situation could cause.