Surgical services at Aberdeen Hospital to reopen April 11

NEW GLASGOW, NS - Surgical services at the Aberdeen Hospital will reopen on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. The resumption of services includes urgent and emergency general surgery, orthopedic surgery, and gynecological/obstetrical cases, including routine delivery care and C-sections.

The services had to temporarily close on April 2 after a hospital employee tested positive for COVID-19.

When a person in the workplace is identified as having COVID-19, or becomes ill, our Occupational Health Safety and Wellness (OHS&W) team leads the response process and completes detailed contact tracing to determine their level of contact with other staff and physicians. This is similar to the investigations conducted by Public Health when there is a case in the community.

The OHS&W team works closely with Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) to help identify any possible patient contacts and required follow-ups. As a result of these processes, a number of staff and physicians were advised to self-isolate and have undergone testing.

Close monitoring has now assessed that staff and physicians can be considered COVID negative and therefore safe to return to work.

There was no direct patient contact in this case.

Any Aberdeen Hospital maternity patients whose care had been temporarily diverted to Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro or St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish will again be supported in New Glasgow.

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