Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital closed frequently, new report details

When it comes to emergency room hospital closures on the South Shore, the Fishermen's Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg topped the list, according to the province's annual Accountability Report on Emergency Departments in Nova Scotia.

Fishermen's racked up 224 hours of temporary closures and 3,285 hours of scheduled closures.

Emergency room closures that are unpredictable and unplanned are considered temporary, while scheduled closures are those when the facilities aren't open and are established after consultation with their communities.

While Digby General and Roseway had more hours of temporary closures than Fishermen's, neither had scheduled closures.

Queens General Hospital recorded no hours of closure.

The report from Nova Scotia Health and Wellness covers the annual period ending March 31, 2017.

The annual Accountability Report on Emergency Departments in Nova Scotia was submitted to the Clerk of the House of Assembly, today, Dec. 21, and is now available online.

The report details all emergency department closures at Nova Scotia Health Authority facilities and the IWK Health Centre. The report also includes the eight collaborative emergency centres in Nova Scotia.

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