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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Eastern Charlotte County Area

About the Eastern Charlotte County Area

Eastern Charlotte County is located in the southwestern part of New Brunswick. It is a rural area with communities dotted along the Bay of Fundy, including the islands of Grand Manan, where Horizon’s Grand Manan Hospital is located, and Deer Island (serviced by the Deer Island Health Centre), both of which can be accessed via a year-round ferry services. The main employment industries in the area are in the sectors of fishing, aquaculture, manufacturing and tourism.

Included in the Eastern Charlotte County Area are the communities of Fundy Bay/Back Bay, Beaver Harbour, Blacks Harbour, Canal, Clarendon, Fairhaven, Grand Manan, White Head Island, Leonardville, Lepreau, L’Etete, Pennfield, Pocologan, Second Falls, St. George, Utopia and West Isles.

Eastern Charlotte County is primarily an Anglophone community; however, the rate of immigration (5.6%) in the area is slightly elevated compared to the provincial rate (4.6%). The population of the Eastern Charlotte County Area is 10,994 and has seen a decrease of -3.0%% from 2011 to 2016. According to the 2016 Census, 15.3% of the population live in poverty and while this number is lower than the provincial average, the concentration of children living in poverty is actually higher than the provincial average. The area is also in the territory of the Peskotomuhkati Nation.

Data indicates the Eastern Charlotte County Area has increasing rates of high blood pressure, arthritis, depression, cancer, heart disease and emphysema or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), when compared to the provincial averages.

Primary health care services in the Eastern Charlotte County Area are provided through Horizon’s Deer Island Health Centre, and Fundy Health Centre, and Horizon’s Addiction and Mental Health and Public Health services.

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