Northside ER Closed Due To Overcapacity
The Cape Breton District Health Authority says that the Emergency Department at the Northside General Hospital is closed until further notice because the facility is at patient capacity. The district says that the Northside ER can’t safely treat any more patients at this time, and adds that staff are working to resolve the issue and will provide an update when the ER is able to accept more patients. Today’s announcement is part of a series of problems that have affected the Northside ER in recent months. The facility had to close because of a busted water pipe in November. In addition to closures caused by shortages of available nurses or physicians, the ER was also forced to close for a period in late September because of the same overcapacity issue that’s behind the current closure. Continuing ER closures have caused some Northside residents to worry about the hospital’s future, and Provincial Health Minister Leo Glavine addressed those worries when he toured the facility last month. Glavine says that the hospital will continue to be in operation for years to come, though some changes are expected to be made in its day to day operations.