Baby deliveries on hold again in Pontiac

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Short-term staff shortages continue to cause brief suspensions of some service at the Pontiac Hospital. Mostly, these affect obstetrics.

All surgery was suspended over the past weekend for lack of a surgeon. That meant cancelling obstetrics as well because of the possibility that a woman might need an caesarean delivery.

On Monday, the agency that oversees hospitals in the Outaouais announced that obstetrics in Pontiac is now being suspended until Wednesday morning, this time for lack of nursing staff.

Mothers who are in labour will be redirected to Gatineau, says the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l’Outaouais. If there’s no time to reach Gatineau, the agency says Pontiac will be able to handle them.

Women who are close to their due dates are being contacted in advance.

Obstetrics has been suspended on other recent occasions at the hospital, usually because of a lack of weekend nurses.


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