Interim plan announced to tackle staffing shortages at Perth-Andover Hospital

Horizon Health Network

Horizon Health Network has announced a temporary service delivery plan to address "urgent staffing challenges" at Hôtel-Dieu of St. Joseph (HDSJ) Hospital in Perth-Andover.

The move follows discussions over the past two weeks with local staff and physicians about the nursing shortage.

Horizon says, effective immediately, the Inpatient Medical Unit will be reduced by seven beds which may lead to situations where patients are transferred to Upper River Valley Hospital in Waterville.

The Emergency Department remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and Palliative Care services will continue.

Horizon's Vice-President of  Clinical Services Geri Geldart says in a release, "The situation would certainly have worsened without this immediate intervention."

Reduced staffing levels have been a factor in the Emergency Department and the inpatient medical unit since July, and Horizon says it will continue nursing recruitment efforts for HDSJ.