Temporary interruption of obstetrical services at the Chaleur Regional Hospital

Bathurst, Monday, October 22, 2018 – Vitalité Health Network would like to inform the population of the Chaleur and Acadian Peninsula regions that obstetrical services at the Chaleur Regional Hospital will be interrupted temporarily from Monday, October 22, 2018, at 4 p.m. until Friday, October 26, 2018, at 8 a.m. 

During that time, pregnant women will be directed to the Campbellton Regional Hospital and the Miramichi Regional Hospital to give birth.  Pregnant women who have questions can call 544-2310 to get more information on how to proceed during the temporary interruption.

This interruption is caused by a lack of nursing staff at the Chaleur Regional Hospital Obstetrical Unit.  According to Johanne Roy, Vice-President of Clinical Services for Vitalité Health Network, much effort has been devoted to find enough nursing staff to safely provide services, but to no avail.  “Unfortunately, this leaves us no other choice but to interrupt these services in Bathurst temporarily,” she stated, adding that all patients likely to give birth this week had been contacted personally.  “All the necessary arrangements have been made to establish service corridors to Campbellton and Miramichi to make things go as smoothly as possible while ensuring the safety of patients. We are pursuing our efforts with the nursing team to reduce the impact on our services,” she concluded. 

Vitalité Health Network regrets any inconvenience that this situation could cause.