Springhill to fight to keep lab open

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SPRINGHILL – The Town of Springhill isn’t going to watch the lab services at All Saints Hospital be consolidated to the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre near Amherst without a fight.

All Saints Hospital in Springhill

Coun. Jack MacDonald reported at council’s regular February meeting the mayor and council will met with Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie to begin the political process of calling on the Cumberland Health Authority to reverse its decision.

“We can show our lab should definitely stay open,” MacDonald said. “We don’t feel Amherst can handle the extra volume Springhill handles.”

According to MacDonald, the lab at All Saints not only handles its patients specimen testing, but also conducts testing for Parrsboro, sometimes Pugwash, the county and the Victorian Order of Nurses [VON] bring specimens for testing to the Springhill lab.

In January, the Cumberland Health Authority announced it was consolidating lab services in the area to Cumberland Regional to cope with an expected labour shortage and budget deficit. No exact date when the consolidation will take place has been given.

 

Organizations: Cumberland Health Authority

Geographic location: All Saints

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  • Catherine Harrison-Smith
    February 27, 2014 - 12:27

    How can they say a labour shortage when two jobs will leave All Saints. It seems those in charge just keep whittling away at all our county hospitals. We may have a smallish population but it is widespread. There is no way the Cumb. Regional Health Centre can handle the whole County. How can the public help fight this closure?