Springhill to fight to keep lab open

Christopher Gooding cgooding@citizenrecord.ca
Published on February 27, 2014
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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.

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.