Mental health emergencies to be diverted from Waterford Hospital temporarily – CBC

Eastern Health did not provide a reason for the two-and-a-half week move to St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital

Dec 22, 2022

Anyone in need of an emergency psychiatric assessment at the Waterford Hospital will instead need to go to the emergency room at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital beginning next week.

In a news release on Thursday afternoon, Eastern Health said the emergency walk-in services normally available at the psychiatric assessment unit (PAU) at the Waterford Hospital will be diverted from Dec. 28 at 9 a.m. until Jan. 17 at 9 a.m.

Instead, patients should go to St. Clare’s for an initial assessment, and may still be transferred to the Waterford Hospital for a psychiatric consultation.

“Eastern Health thanks the public and employees for their cooperation and understanding as we focus on the safe delivery of care for patients,” said the health authority.

No reason was provided for the diversion.

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