Emergency Departments at Horizon’s regional hospitals are extremely short staffed this weekend and priority will be given to trauma and critical care patients. Patients with non-urgent medical issues may experience long wait times.

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Albert County Area

About the Albert County Area

The Albert County Area is a rural area in the Southeastern part of the province on the Chignecto Bay in the Bay of Fundy. Being home to Fundy National Park and Hopewell Rocks, much of the employment in this area is based on tourism and is seasonal in nature. As well, the community of Alma has a strong fishing industry of lobster and scallops. Although the community of Hillsborough has a strong Acadian history, very few Acadians still live in the community making the Albert County area a primarily Anglophone community.

Included in the Albert County Area are the communities of Alma, Elgin, Germantown, Harvey, Hillsborough, Hopewell, Little River, and Riverside-Albert.

According to the Canadian Census, the population of the Albert County Area has decreased five per cent from 2006 to 2011. This decrease is mainly attributed to an aging population (17 per cent of the population is aged 65 years and over) and to the fact that many younger families are leaving the community to seek employment elsewhere. The median household income in the Albert County Area is $53,676 (2011) and 15 per cent of people in the area live in low income.

Data shows that the community has elevated rates of many chronic health conditions when compared to the provincial averages such as high blood pressure, arthritis, gastric reflux, and diabetes.

Primary health care services in the Albert County Area are provided through Horizon’s Albert County Community Health Centre and its Hillsborough Satellite Office, as well as a private physician’s office in Hillsborough. Some residents from the area also travel to other communities such as Riverview and Moncton to access primary health care services.

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