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Excessive demands at local hospital lead to specialized guidelines

TRURO – Overcrowding guidelines are being implemented at the local hospital due to excessive demands on the emergency department and inpatient beds.

The Colchester East Hants Health Centre is one of seven regional hospitals in the province included in a recent government announcement that are being converted to natural gas. However, there is not a plan in place yet to have that fuel source delivered.

The Colchester East Hants Health Authority is putting special guidelines in place to increase and reorganize its resources to best support the care of patients. Examples of the guidelines include temporarily opening and staffing beds in areas that are not in use, bringing in additional staff or reassigning staff, and exploring other options to reduce the demand for beds. Alternative options could include postponing elective surgery, expediting long-term care placements or putting extra home-care services in place to help patients return home.

These measures are expected to be temporary, says a hospital news release. Health officials are asking residents to take measures to protect their health.

The best way to protect from getting a cold, stomach bug and many other common illnesses is to keep  hands clean. Washing hands regularly is key to preventing illness, especially when in public places. In addition, the health authority reminds people to not visit patients if there is illness in your household.


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