Category Archives: Health care

Former councillor plans complaint to Horizon after being turned away from Sackville ER

A former Sackville Town Councillor says he plans to file a complaint with the Horizon Health Network after a fruitless six-hour wait for emergency room treatment last Friday at Sackville Memorial Hospital. “I checked in at noon at the hospital … Continue reading

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Sackville veteran calls for Parliamentary vote before Canada sends troops to deter Russia

A 39-year-old Canadian veteran says the federal government should seek Parliamentary approval before it commits any military personnel to deterring Russian aggression in Europe. “What we’re seeing today with Ukraine and Russia, this is why it’s important that we have … Continue reading

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Closing the Sackville hospital’s ER at 4 p.m. sends Dorchester woman on a medical odyssey

A 69-year-old Dorchester woman says she had quite an ordeal this fall after fracturing her right wrist in Sackville’s Waterfowl Park just as the town hospital’s emergency room was closing. Helen Dyer says she slipped on a patch of ice … Continue reading

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Rally-goers tell Higgs: ‘Stop messing with our hospital’

About 250 people attended a noon-time rally today to protest against cuts to services at Sackville Memorial Hospital. “We love our hospital and we love our community,” former Hospital Foundation Chair Elaine Smith told the rally. She had what she … Continue reading

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Town councillors give Horizon CEO an earful re cuts to Sackville Memorial Hospital

Sackville town councillors expressed anger, frustration and disbelief last night as they spoke publicly online with senior managers of the Horizon Health Network. “What we are seeing is the death of our community, the death of our university and it … Continue reading

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Horizon closing beds at Sackville Memorial Hospital

The Horizon Health Network has notified community leaders that it is temporarily closing all of its short-term beds at the Sackville Memorial Hospital. In an e-mail sent yesterday, Horizon said that patients who require acute-care beds will be transferred to … Continue reading

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New provincial health plan promises to keep local hospital services, but critics are skeptical

New Brunswick’s health minister announced a two-year plan today that includes measures to improve access to family doctors and mental health services, reduce wait times for hip and knee surgeries and help elderly people remain in their own homes. “I’m … Continue reading

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Sackville rally and walk to support front-line workers

About three dozen people, many waving yellow solidarity fists, gathered at Sackville Memorial Hospital Saturday before walking down Main Street to the Farmers Market. They were taking part in one of several rallies and walks in New Brunswick to support … Continue reading

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Shephard & McGrath suggest Sackville ER closures may be only temporary, but that will depend on recruiting more nurses

The CEO of the Horizon Health Network and the provincial minister of health seem to be sending mixed messages about whether the overnight, hospital emergency room closures in Sackville will be only temporary. “I received assurances from the minister that … Continue reading

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Sackville councillors overrule rookie mayor; endorse leadership role in hospital fight

Sackville Town Council is getting involved in the fight to maintain 24-hour emergency services at the town’s hospital. After a 49-minute debate last night at town hall, councillors voted to appoint Mayor Shawn Mesheau and one councillor to participate in … Continue reading

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Critics lambaste Horizon Health and province for weekend ER closures at Sackville hospital

The Horizon Health Network and the provincial government are facing a barrage of criticism for closing weekend evening and overnight emergency services at Sackville Memorial Hospital without any consultations. “I’m disappointed that we were not approached until the last minute,” … Continue reading

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