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Northern NB Hospital Cuts Intensive Care Beds Due To Nursing Shortage – New Brunswick OCN News

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Vitalite Health Network says it was forced to reduce the number of beds in its intensive care unit from six to four for a “period of time” at the regional hospital in Campbellton, New Brunswick, due to a shortage of nurses.

In a statement Friday, Sharon Smyth-Okana, the regional health authority’s vice president of clinical services, said “there will always be an extra bed available in the event of an overflow.”

“As needed, we will work closely with other regions of the Vitalite Health Network to establish safe transfer corridors,” she said in the statement.

“We will announce the return to normal as soon as possible.”

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It is not the first hospital in the northern region of the province to face shortages. The Chaleur and Edmundston regional hospitals are facing problems with the pediatric and obstetrics units. In 2020, Campbellton also experienced temporary suspensions of its obstetrics and pediatrics units.

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In June, pediatric services at the Georges-L.-Dumont Hospital were also temporarily suspended due to a lack of medical personnel in the establishment.

The province and both health authorities are grappling with an ongoing shortage of health care workers.


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