Vitalité Health Network Provides New Situation Report About the COVID-19 Pandemic – October 15, 2021
Vitalité Health Network is providing this situation report in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges of the health care system. This report will be updated as needed, as the situation changes.
Service level – red alert:
The Network monitors the development of the pandemic on a daily basis. We keep a close eye on our health care system. The Network’s goal is to maintain the most comprehensive level of service possible for the public.
Our priorities are to maintain the following essential services: emergency departments, urgent surgeries, intensive care, COVID-19 testing within 48 hours, vaccination of the population against COVID-19 and care of patients with COVID-19.
All Vitalité Health Network hospitals and facilities have been placed on red alert since October 12, 2021. In practical terms, this means that all non-essential health care and services are reduced or temporarily suspended:
- Ambulatory care services;
- Professional services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, etc.);
- Non-urgent medical imaging services (x-rays, scans, etc.);
- Elective surgeries.
It is necessary to go to red alert internally so that we can redeploy staff to maintain our emergency services and intensive care units and the care of patients with COVID-19 who are hospitalized.
All affected patients will be contacted by Vitalité Health Network or their health care provider directly if we need to cancel their non-urgent surgery, procedure or appointment. If you have not been contacted, please attend your appointment as planned.
Due to the increase in the number of cases in the province, general visits are prohibited until further notice in all Vitalité Health Network hospitals. This ban does not apply to designated support persons (DSPs) who must follow the health measures in place.
Patients receiving the following types of care and services may have a DSP:
- Palliative care (end of life)
- Pediatric / child psychiatry services
- Obstetric (labour, delivery and post partum) services
- Intensive and intermediate care
- Hospitalization for more than 14 days
- Medical assistance in dying
For more information, visit www.vitalitenb.ca/en.