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Vitalité warns of high occupancy, congestion at Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre

Vitalité Health Network is warning of overcrowding at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre.
Vitalité Health Network is warning of overcrowding at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. Callum Smith / Global News

Vitalité Health Network is urging people to minimize visits to the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre’s emergency department in Moncton.

The health network says a “very high occupancy” is causing congestion in the emergency department.

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Although the emergency department remains open Vitalité is asking those who do not require urgent care to see their family doctor or nurse practitioner or visit a walk-in clinic.

In a press release, Vitalité says that there are multiple causes for the situation at the hospital which include; staff shortages, a high number of elderly patients awaiting placement in long-term care and a high hospitalization rate.

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The health network says that the request to limit visits to the emergency room will be in place until Sept. 28.

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