At least one dedicated ER doctor has been hired to work in the Emergency Room at Kings County Memorial Hospital in Montague. Start date is before the end of January.
A spokesperson from Health PEI confirmed the hiring, but said the review of the ER operating with reduced hours is still in the drafting stage.
“Work has taken place since the fall looking at both acute care and primary care,” the spokesperson said.
Since the summer of 2018 the ER has been operating on a reduced schedule of 12 hours per day.
Family doctors will still take shifts in the Emergency Room, but no confirmation was given as to how the most recent hiring will affect schedules.
Originally the province indicated it would hire two ER doctors.
The spokesperson could not confirm the status of the second position.
From the fall of 2017 until last spring the Emergency Room was closed a total of 27 times including full-day closures and partial shifts.
In addition to the cutback in hours of operation, a new work flow policy can be put into affect when needed.
The work flow policy allows staff in the Emergency Room to prioritize patient's needs on a daily basis and in some cases patients are advised to seek out alternative care.
There is no timeline as to if and when the review will be released to the public.