Pediatric services at Chaler Regional Hospital in Bathurst have been suspended until further notice, Vitalit said Wednesday.
Vitalité Health Network said in a news release that the service interruption is due to a shortage of nursing staff at the hospital.
Labor and delivery services will still be available and a pediatrician will be on call, the network said.
“Service interruptions are always a last resort,” Vitalite said. “We are actively seeking solutions with people on site to increase the resilience of our teams during this difficult time.
“The shortage of nursing resources is currently exacerbated by the pandemic and staff burnout.”
Patients who require pediatric care in Bathurst are asked to go to the emergency department, where treatment will be provided on a case-by-case basis, and some patients may be referred to an emergency department, the release said. May be referred to another hospital.
These services were previously suspended for several weeks at the hospital from July 29.
Pediatric services at Edmondston Regional Hospital have been suspended for weeks at a time since July and are suspended indefinitely.
Both pediatric and maternity services at Campbellton Regional Hospital have been suspended by the health authority for more than two years, starting in April 2020.
In June of this year, Vitalité CEO Dr. France Desrosiers Said that those services will not be back soon.
Also in June, due to lack of medical staff Dr. Children’s services at Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Center were suspended for a week.
Edmundston, Moncton and Bathurst Hospitals are the only Vitalit hospitals that provide pediatric services.
Vitalité did not respond to requests for comment.