Chaleur Regional Hospital's Obstetrics Unit reopens following nursing shortage

Pregnant women in the Chaleur region no longer have to travel out of town to give birthday.

The Vitalite Health Network had been directing Women to hospitals in Campbellton and Miramichi to give birthday since a staffing shortage caused the Obstetrics Unit at the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst to shut down back in October.

The unit reopened Monday morning.

Network CEO Gilles Lanteigne says the service has been restructured to prevent a similar situation from reoccurring.

Lanteigne says a nursing orientation based on skills cross-training is now in effect and allows nursing staff in the Obstetrics Unit to join forces to ensure the service is available at all times and under all circumstances.