Intensive care unit returns to normal hours

Darrell Cole
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AMHERST - The intensive-care unit at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre is fully operational again.
After being closed last week because an on-call schedule change by the three specialists who staff the ICU, Cumberland Health Authority spokesperson Ann Keddy said it was business as usual in the unit early Monday.
"Everything's back to normal and we have our fingers crossed that either there'll be an agreement between the specialists and the province or that we will be able to find a locum to fill in when the next gap arrives," Keddy said.
The hospital was without local ICU backup last week after the three specialists - Dr. Scott Bowen, Dr. Krystian Szczesny and Dr. Galina Miletskaia - informed the health authority that they were reducing their service at the hospital to a one-in-four week rotation from the previous three-in-one.
Because of that, the hospital made arrangements to have criticially-ill patients transferred to transferred to either Moncton or Halifax. One patient was transferred out of the hospital's medical unit to Halifax by ambulance.
"We're hoping for a resolution, but if not we're looking for a locum," she said. "It's not an ideal situation but we made it through the week."
The next gap in service is expected to be the week of Nov. 26 to 30.

Organizations: Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Cumberland Health Authority

Geographic location: AMHERST, Moncton

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