Pediatric services at Edmundston hospital suspended until further notice

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Pediatric patients should go to the Edmundston Regional Hospital's emergency department, where situations will be treated on a case-by-case basis and may be directed to another facility, Vitalité said. (Yves Lévesque/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Pediatric patients should go to the Edmundston Regional Hospital's emergency department, where situations will be treated on a case-by-case basis and may be directed to another facility, Vitalité said. (Yves Lévesque/Radio-Canada - image credit)

Pediatric services at the Edmundston Regional Hospital are suspended as of Friday, until further notice, due to a nursing shortage, Vitalité Health Network has announced.

Obstetrical services are not affected, according to a news release.

"The shortage of nursing resources is currently exacerbated by the pandemic and staff burnout," the release says.

Vitalité is "actively seeking solutions with the people on site to boost the resilience of [its] teams during these difficult periods."

In the meantime, people who require pediatric care at the Edmundston hospital must present to the emergency department.

Some patients may be directed to another hospital, Vitalité advises.

This is the latest in a string of temporary closures of health-care services across the province due to staff shortages.

"Service interruptions are always a last resort," Vitalité said.

The network prioritizes access to "safe and optimal health care for the entire population," and apologizes for the inconveniences caused by this situation.