Temporary Service Interruptions and Closure Notices

Horizon may temporarily adjust a facility’s hours of service or available services due to physician and nursing shortages. These changes are necessary for Horizon to continue offering safe and quality care to patients and clients.

Despite the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Horizon has maintained an aggressive, proactive and innovative approach to physician and nursing recruitment over the course of the past year. We continue to monitor staffing levels closely and will continue with physician and nursing recruitment efforts for its facilities.

Temporary Emergency Department (ED) closures

During these temporary ED closures, the facility will not be seeing patients and clients and ambulances will be diverted to other hospitals. 

All patients and clients requiring urgent medical care will need to seek treatment at another hospital.

Patients can call Tele-Care 811 if they have any questions about the type of medical attention they need. As always, patients who have a medical emergency should call 911.

Temporary diversions

Temporary diversions are part of our regular operating procedure and are used when there is a gap in service coverage (typically, physician or nursing availability). They are intended to provide the best and safest care for patients at any time, using our extensive network of hospitals and health care services.

When possible, patients affected by temporary diversions are notified by their health care team.

Other reasons for temporary closures or cancellations

Closures or cancellations may also occur due to severe weather.

Current temporary service interruptions or closures

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Quick Care Clinic at Central Miramichi Community Health Centre

The Quick Care Clinic, which ran from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday at the Central Miramichi Community Health Centre in Doaktown, will be temporarily closed, effective immediately.

This change is necessary because there is a lack of nurse practitioner coverage for the service.

All other services provided at the community health centre remain available.

If you need medical care, please visit SoWhyWait.ca or Accessing Healthcare (gnb.ca) to learn more about your options for receiving treatment or advice.

We are actively working to re-establish this service.


Labour and birth services at Horizon’s Upper River Valley Hospital (URVH)

Labour and birth services will be temporarily unavailable at Horizon’s Upper River Valley Hospital (URVH) on the following dates. All pregnant individuals who would normally deliver their babies at URVH will need to travel to Horizon’s Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital (DECRH) in Fredericton. Click here to learn more.

  • Monday, August 19 at 6 a.m. to Wednesday, August 21 at 6 a.m. (2 days)
  • Monday, September 16 at 6 a.m. to Wednesday, September 18 at 6 p.m. (2 1/2days)
  • Friday, September 27 at 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (1/2 day)
  • Tuesday, October 1 at 6 a.m. to Friday, October 4 at 8 a.m. (3 days)

We are working hard to fill these service gaps. If you are pregnant, please check this page daily for the list of affected dates.