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Obstetrical Services Diverting to James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre

October 27, 2021

Central Health would like to inform the public it will be extending the short-term diversion of obstetrical services.

The extension will now see obstetrical services divert from Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre (CNRHC), in Grand Falls-Windsor, to James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre (JPMRHC), in Gander effective Monday, November 1, 2021, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

The diversion is due to an inability to secure sufficient physician 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. Central Health will provide updates as and when the situation changes.

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

If delivery is imminent, pregnant women in labour 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.


Gayle St. Croix

Director, Communications and Government Relations



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