Six months have gone by since the closing of the obstetrics department at the Shawville Hospital. The CISSSO had pledged to use the time to acquire the necessary resources to reopen.
During a press conference today, CEO of CISSSO, Josée Filion, said that “despite all the efforts made in this case, it is impossible to offer the obstetrics services safely.” -adding that the pandemic had an impact on processes and delayed the recruitment process.
Director of youth programs with the CISSSO, Martine Bilodeau, suggested that a complete resumption of activities may be possible within the next few months.
To reopen the obstetrics department in Shawville, they would need 12 trained obstetrics nurses. There are currently only four. Service could possibly resume with only eight, but the department would remain, “fragile,” said Filion.
According to the director of professional services at CISSSO, Dr. Nicolas Gillot, there are currently enough doctors to staff the unit.
Since closintg the obstetrics department earlier this year, over two thirds of the pregnant women in the Pontaic have gone to Ontario.
Local women are still able to be followed by their doctors or midwives here at home throughout thier pregnancies.
The CISSSO intends in introduce the use of more midwives for delivery calling it a an “innovative approach” to minimize the consequences of the closure.