Overflow: Slight Improvement at Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont UHC and Situation Stable at Stella-Maris-de-Kent Hospital

Moncton, Friday, April 30, 2021 – Vitalité Health Network reports a slight improvement of the situation regarding the overflow of patients at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre (UHC), while the situation at Stella-Maris-de-Kent Hospital remains stable.

The bed occupancy rate at Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont was at 86% and that at Stella-Maris-de-Kent Hospital was at 150% as of April 29, 2021. According to Dr. Desrosiers, President and CEO of the Network, work continues in both facilities to remedy the situation. “With respect to Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont UHC, the decrease in the overflow will help us progressively increase the number of surgeries in the surgical suite over the coming days,” she said. The measures to better control admissions will continue for another few weeks both in Moncton and Sainte-Anne-de-Kent.

According to the Network, the staff shortage, especially in nursing, remains extremely concerning. “We are implementing temporary measures to ensure the continuity of care to patients,” said Dr. Desrosiers. “The anticipated arrival of a number of new registered nurses in July should provide some respite, but until then, we have to count on the cooperation of all stakeholders to get through these difficult times.”