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Bay d’Espoir Community Health Centre diversion remains a priority for Central Health

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

Central Health wishes to advise the public that the Bay d’Espoir Community Health Centre (BDECHC) emergency services diversion, in St. Alban’s, remains a priority for the Regional Health Authority.

The diversion was implemented in June, as a result of physician unavailability. All other non-emergency services, such as Nurse Practitioner clinics, continue as normal. Lab and X-ray services continue by appointment only.

The Regional Health Authority views the diversion as an interim measure and continues to be proactive in its search to find physician support for BDECHC. Central Health continues its efforts in recruitment for this area for both physicians and non-physician healthcare workers. Central Health has been engaging physicians directly about potential opportunities and is working with an international recruitment firm to assist in its search for physicians.

Furthermore, on July 15, an additional ambulance and crew will be stationed in the Harbour Breton area to support emergency medical services on the Connaigre Peninsula during the diversion.

The BDECHC provides clinics and emergency services to residents of the Bay d’Espoir area which encompasses six communities from Morrisville to St Alban’s.

In case of emergency, residents can call 911 or the local ambulance in Harbour Breton at (709) 538-3117.

We apologize for this interruption of service and thank the public for their understanding and patience as we continue to focus on providing safe and quality care for the residents of the Bay d’Espoir area.


Gayle St. Croix

Director, Communications and Government Relations

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