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. While Central Health continues to be proactive in its search to find physicians and other healthcare professionals for BDECHC, the Regional Health Authority is actively exploring opportunities to return coverage to the region. This involves enhancing virtual care technology and supporting urgent and non-urgent services at the BDECHC. For more on virtual services, please click here.
Central Health is currently moving forward with a 24/7 Urgent Care model. This will include access to dedicated virtual physicians from throughout the Central Health region and on-site staff. The Regional Health Authority is in the process of aligning staff to support this model of care and anticipates implementation at the BDECHC this fall.
All other non-emergency services, such as Nurse Practitioner clinics, continue as normal. Lab and X-ray services continue by appointment only. Central Health continues to engage physicians directly about potential opportunities and is working with an international recruitment firm to assist in its search for physicians.
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.
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 of Communications and Government Relations
cell: (709) 572 1165