Obstetrical service interruption in Campbellton to continue until nearly Christmas

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The Vitalité Health Network says the temporary interruption of obstetrical services at the Campbellton Regional Hospital will continue until December 23rd.

The service disruption began on November 22nd due to what the health network said was "extreme patient overload conditions".

Network President and CEO Gilles Lanteigne says in a news release, "Things are gradually improving, but we are now facing an intermittent lack of pediatricians in the coming weeks. That is why we must continue the temporary interruption of deliveries in Campbellton."

Pediatric services will be unavailable from Tuesday to Thursday and December 16th to 22nd, with young patients in need of specialized pediatric care being referred to the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst.

The health network says, however, that pregnant women will still be able to visit the Campbellton Regional Hospital for assessment and basic services.

The situation will be reassessed later in December to see if services can be restored as planned.

The hospital began accepting ambulances and admissions again last week and, as of Friday, the Surgical Suite was reopened for priority surgeries requiring hospitalization.