Fredericton ER doctor recounts weekend shift with only 2 nurses on staff – CBC

Horizon said the Chalmers hospital emergency room would see only ‘critically ill’ people over the weekend

Oct 25, 202

On Saturday night, an emergency room doctor in Fredericton told people waiting that most of them would likely have to wait until morning to be seen.

“The reality is if you’re not critically ill, you’re probably not going to get seen tonight,” Dr. Yogi Sehgal recalled telling the patients at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton.

“Even though you have an emergency, you’re probably going to be served better by driving an hour away to a different facility if they can see you tonight.”

On Saturday, Horizon Health Network sent out a news release saying the Chalmers hospital would be operating at reduced capacity from 7:30 p.m. Saturday until 7:30 a.m. Sunday, due to an “unexpected shortage of available staff.”

The health network said the emergency room would remain open for people with “medical emergencies.”

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