Dialysis Unit working to solve nurse shortage

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The Dialysis Unit at Queens General Hospital is down one nurse, but capitol health says it is working to minimize the inconvenience for patients.

Queens General Hospital

A nurse that was scheduled to go on leave in 2014 unexpectedly had to go on leave sooner.

John Gillis, spokesperson for Capitol Health, says most patients will still be able to continue dialysis as normal. However 15 patients require a nurse present when they go. With their present staffing, they can only accommodate 12 patients.

The temporary solution will see three of those patients, rotating between the pool of 15, go to Halifax for their treatment. That translates to each of the 15 patients going to Halifax once every five weeks.

Capitol Health is hoping it won't be long before they get another nurse however. The position has been advertised, and including training they expect a new nurse will be in place by March 2014.

Organizations: Capitol Health

Geographic location: Halifax

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