August 15, 2018 ~ Central Health released a statement today regarding what they say are rumours about emergency services at the hospital in Baie Verte.
Rumours have been circulating on Facebook that peninsula residents will soon have to travel to Springdale or Grand Falls-Windsor after 8:00 pm when in need of emergency services.
One man from La Scie commented on Facebook: “[…] when the new Hospital is built in Springdale, I guarantee you our hospital in Baie Verte will close but may have a medical clinic…It all points to the government wanting to put us all in a major city to consolidate the people. to save money, consolidate services and to reduce personnel… “
In its public statement today Central Health said no change is coming.
It stated there are no plans to change the hours of operation at the emergency department in Baie Verte, hours they say are currently 24/7.
It also stated that the new hospital that will be built in Springdale will have the same number of beds and similar services to the current hospital in Springdale, indicating no increase in capacity. Central Health claims the new hospital will not take on “services and programs currently offered in other community health facilities.”
Read the full Central Health statement below.
The Central Health statement, in full:
Emergency Department Hours at Baie Verte Peninsula Health Centre
August 15, 2018
In hopes of preventing the spread of incorrect information, Central Health feels compelled to publicly address rumours of planned changes to the Emergency Department hours at the Baie Verte Peninsula Health Centre.
The Emergency Department at the Baie Verte Peninsula Health Centre currently provides 24/7 services. There are no plans to change these hours of operation.
While Central Health is looking forward to the new Green Bay Health Centre in Springdale, it is important to note that the new facility will offer the same number of beds and similar programs and services currently offered at the Green Bay Health centre. The new Green Bay Health Centre’s design will better support health care team collaboration and patient/client flow. The new facility will not absorb services and programs currently offered in other community health facilities.