Capital Health working to return to normal operations

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 1:06pm

The strike by NSGEU Local 97 registered nurses has ended with the passage of the Essential Health and Community Services Act this morning. Capital Health is now working to return to normal operations.

Outpatient appointments will go ahead as scheduled today. We will resume a normal surgical schedule on Monday, April 7.

Patients whose care was postponed due to the strike will be contacted to reschedule their appointments.

As a result of the legal and illegal strikes this week, 234 surgeries were postponed, 243 patient beds were closed and 784 people had scheduled outpatient appointments postponed.

"We know these have been difficult days for our patients and for all those who dedicate their time to care for patients. We owe thanks to all, for their resilience," said Chris Power, CEO of Capital Health. "Whether you were a registered nurse providing emergency services in hospital, a physician working through the uncertainty of the strike, or one of many other health professionals and supporting staff, we have all felt the weight of the matter."

We leaned heavily on other district health authorities and on our partners in the community to care for patients who had to be moved out of hospital, Power said.  We thank them for their collaboration and quick response.

"Through all of this, we have heard one common refrain from all involved. It is, I believe, the thing that must bring us all together: our shared concern for patient safety and care," she said. "As we all move forward, let us do what we can to listen to each other and work together to keep making the services we provide safe. I am confident that we all have the interests of patients at heart, and together we are a very strong team."

**Chris Power, Capital Health CEO, will have a media availability at noon today in the RBC Theatre at the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII**

Key Fact Service Impacts

April 4, 2014

Service effects after the legal strike action by NSGEU Local 97 (registered nurses):

Surgeries and procedures:

  • 27 surgeries postponed for today
  • 234 surgeries postponed since March 31

Outpatient clinics at the QEII Health Sciences Centre (HI and VG site):

  • 784 clinic appointments postponed since March 31

Inpatient care

  • 227 out of 740 acute care beds  at the QEII Health Sciences Centre
  • 16 Detox beds closed on the Nova Scotia Hospital site

Public information:

  • Capital Health toll-free 1-855-473-2700, or locally, 473-2700)
  • For health-related questions, call 811 to speak to a registered nurse

Capital Health comprises: Capital Health Addictions and Mental Health Program; Centre for Clinical Research; Cobequid Community Health Centre; Community Health; Dartmouth General Hospital; East Coast Forensic Hospital; Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital; Hants Community Hospital; Integrated Continuing Care; Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital; Nova Scotia Environmental Health Centre; Primary Health Care; the Nova Scotia Hospital site; Public Health Services; Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital; and the QEII Health Sciences Centre.

The Capital Health District also encompasses seven volunteer Community Health Boards that advise Capital Health through the development of community health plans and encourage public participation in health planning.