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Obstetrical delivery and Pediatric emergency and inpatient services being diverted temporarily

Central Health would like to advise that effective at 8:00am on May 10, 2021, obstetrical and pediatric services at James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre (JPMRHC) in Gander will be temporarily diverted to Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre (CNRHC) in Grand Falls-Windsor. Central Health will provide updates as and when the situation changes.

Pediatric services will be available at JPMRHC in Gander from Monday to Thursday. From 8:00am on Friday to 8:00am on Mondays, pediatric services will be diverted to CNRHC in Grand Falls-Windsor. If you require imminent pediatric emergency care, please proceed to the nearest emergency centre for assessment.

The diversion is due to an inability to secure sufficient Anesthesia and Pediatric locum coverage to sustain safe and reliable services at two sites. Central Health is working diligently to provide a solution to the situation and is pursuing all avenues to resolve the matter.

Despite this diversion, Midwives will continue to be supported within their scope of practice standards, and to allow for Midwifery services, including labor and delivery, to be offered safely at JPMRHC for their clients who are currently availing of these services.

Obstetrical patients who feel they may be in labour are asked to proceed directly to the admitting department at CNRHC in Grand Falls-Windsor. If delivery is imminent, pregnant women in labour who live closer to Gander should proceed to the nearest emergency centre for assessment.

If you have any questions in this regard, please contact your obstetrical care provider.

For questions regarding your health, please call 811. For emergency assistance please 911.

Thank you for your understanding, cooperation and assistance in this matter.


Media contact:

Gayle St. Croix

Director, Communications



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