Because of the serious staff shortage, the Oromocto Public Hospital will close at 4 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. every day as of Tuesday. Horizon Health Network stated that ER will close 6 hours earlier
“until we are able to recruit an adequate number of health care professionals to work in this department.”
Although the ER will open at 8 a.m. as usual, ambulances will be diverted to other hospitals and patients are advised to call 911 in the case of emergency.
The statement said:
“All patients and clients requiring urgent medical care will need to seek treatment at another hospital.”
Emergency physicians in Oromocto and Fredericton warned patients that they are suffering staff shortages. According to the official statement, the physician shortage has reached “crisis” levels.
The official statement said:
“We simply do not have enough physicians to safely provide quality patient care at both the Fredericton and the Oromocto emergency departments. Therefore, we have informed the Horizon Health Authority that, beginning June 21, 2021, we will be unable to staff the OPH Emergency Department after 6 p.m. each evening. Patients arriving to OPH after 4 p.m. should be redirected to other care, and many patients may not be seen.”
Oromocto emergency room physician Dr. Yogi Seghal added:
“We’ve had to put people in positions that are simply not safe for patients or for the physician. And it’s always managed, but … there have been complaints. There have been long delays. But there are some days you just can’t … one doctor is busy with traumas and there’s zero backup if you get another critically ill patient.”
He also said that the hospital is trying to provide staffing backup and it remains to be seen how it will go.