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Vacancy at Burin hospital causes gap in service

Health Authority says recruitment efforts ongoing

BURIN, N.L. —

Patients on the Burin Peninsula in need of obstetric or gynecological services will have to go outside the region to get the treatment they need. 

A release issued by Eastern Health late last month advised patients that services at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre would be temporarily unavailable until Monday, April 8. 

Tracey Boland, Media Relations Manager with Eastern Health provided The Southern Gazette with a statement from the health authority on Wednesday, April 3. 

“Currently, one of the two obstetrician/gynecologist positions at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre is vacant, resulting in periods of time when these services are unavailable,” read the statement. “Eastern Health is actively recruiting to fill the position. Locums are also utilized to provide the service but are not always available.” 

In the event services are unavailable patients who have had recent visits with obstetrician or gynecologist will be notified of the gap. 

“…if they require emergency obstetrical or gynecology services they are advised to go to the Burin Health Care Centre where they will be assessed and transferred to another hospital, if necessary.” 

Eastern Health also advises patients that if they live closer to another hospital, to proceed there for assessment.

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