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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Effective today: Labour and birth services at Horizon’s Upper River Valley Hospital diverted until Monday due to shortage of available staff

HORIZON – Labour and Birth services at Horizon’s Upper River Valley Hospital (URVH) are temporarily being diverted due to COVID-19 related staffing shortages.

This temporary change will take effect today, Wednesday, March 30 beginning at 5 p.m. and will remain in place until 7 a.m. on Monday, April 4.

All pregnant individuals who would normally deliver their babies at Horizon’s Upper River Valley Hospital will need to travel to Horizon’s Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton.

In order to receive safe and quality care, it is important expectant individuals are aware of this change in service.

All expectant individuals that are 35 weeks pregnant and over are being contacted by nursing staff.

Horizon understands this change may be concerning to families that are expecting. Please be assured all delivering individuals and their babies will receive safe and quality care at any Horizon facility.

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For more information contact:

Kris McDavid

Media Relations

1-877-499-1899

media@horizonnb.ca

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