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COVID-19 Updates at Horizon Health Network

Visitor Restrictions at Units 5100 and 5200 at Horizon's The Moncton Hospital

(HORIZON) Monday, Sept. 27, 2021- All visitation to the geriatric unit - Units 5100 and 5200 -  at Horizon's The Moncton Hospital is temporarily suspended until further notice due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

During this time, no patients will be admitted or transferred, and patients are restricted to their rooms. Horizon staff are following enhanced IPC guidelines.

Our Designated Support Person (DSP) program will also be temporarily suspended for Units 5100 and 5200 at this time.

These temporary measures are in place to ensure the health and safety of our patients and clients, staff, physicians, and communities. 

Horizon apologizes for temporarily suspending all visitation to Units 5100 and 5200. Visitation guidelines remain in place for other units at Horizon's The Moncton Hospital. Please visit our website for more details on our visitor guidelines: www.horizonnb.ca

Temporary Closure of Labour and Birth Unit at Horizon's Upper River Valley Hospital

The labour and birth unit at Horizon's Upper River Valley Hospital will continue until Monday, October 4, 2021 at 7 a.m.

All pregnant women who would normally deliver their babies at Horizon's Upper River Valley Hospital will need to travel to Horizon's Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton.

In order to receive safe and quality care, it is important expectant mothers are aware of this change in service.

The reason for this temporary change is to adjust staffing to provide care for COVID-19 patients at Horizon's Upper River Valley Hospital.

All expectant mothers that are 35 weeks pregnant and over have been contacted by nursing staff.

Horizon understands this change may be concerning to families that are expecting.

Please be assured all mothers and babies will receive safe and quality care at any Horizon facility.

Consider your Options

Horizon Health Network is asking the public to consider their health care options before presenting to an Emergency Department.

Horizon's Emergency Departments have experienced an increase in COVID-19 patient admissions, many of which are seriously ill. We are also experiencing critical staff shortages made worse due to COVID-19 related absences.

It is important that our staff are available to care for our sickest patients. Priority will be given to trauma and critical care patients. Patients with non-urgent medical issues may experience long wait-times.

There are options for receiving non-urgent care - including a primary care provider, after-hours clinics throughout the region or virtual care. After-hours clinics can often treat non-urgent and minor illnesses and ailments, such as earaches, sore throats or prescription refills.

We encourage you to visit SoWhyWait.ca to help choose the best option for care.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or proceed to your local Emergency Department. Emergency, critical and urgent cases will always be treated as quickly as possible.

Urgent Care Centre at Horizon's St. Joseph's Hospital in Saint John

Horizon's St. Joseph's Hospital Urgent Care Centre offers care to patients who have unexpected non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries requiring urgent, same-day medical attention and treatment. The Urgent Care Centre operates 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m.

Stop asking Public Health staff to falsify vaccination documentation

It has come to our attention that Public Health staff are being approached by members of the public who are requesting they falsify their vaccination record.

This is concerning and Public Health staff will not oblige, as this is a crime.

Please do not contact any Horizon staff with a request to produce false medical records.

 

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 For more information contact:

 

Kris McDavid

Media Relations

1-877-499-1899

media@horizonnb.ca

news.horizonnb.ca

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