Heavy workload, lack of support
Obstetrician/gynecologist leaving Carbonear General Hospital
An obstetrician/gynecologist with a stellar reputation has resigned from his position at the Carbonear General Hospital, effective at the end of October.
Dr. Andy Narine handed in his resignation at the end of last month. He has been working at the hospital since July of last year.
Dr. Narine is the second of the hospital’s two obstetrics and gynecology specialists to tender their resignations this year. The first resigned in January.
Zelda Burt, media relations manager with Eastern Health’s administrative office, confirmed in an e-mail to The Compass an obstetrician/gynecologist in the Conception Bay town has tendered his resignation. However, Burt would not disclose the identity of the departing doctor.
“Since discussion and/or negotiations with physician leadership teams are private and confidential, it would be inappropriate for Eastern Health to comment on efforts made to retain staff that tendered his/her resignation,” the Eastern Health spokeswoman said. Contingency plan The health authority is finalizing a contingency plan, and “ will use all available resources to continue to provide quality care to our patients,” she said.
That contingency plan was to be
Obstetrician/ gynecologist Dr. Andy Narine has resigned from the Carbonear General Hospital.
communicated to area physicians and the general public last week.
A physician recruitment process is also ongoing, but Burt admits it “can often be ... lengthy.”
A potential replacement for Dr. Narine is currently in discussions with Eastern Health. If the candidate is successful, the new physician could be on staff at the hospital within six months, Burt said.
As an interim measure, the health authority is arranging for locum physicians to serve the area.
Contrary to reports that there was no obstetrical care at the hospital over the weekend of Aug. 5-7, Burt said, “at this time, patients are not being instructed to go to St. John’s for obstetrical/gynecological care.
“Upon arrival, patients are assessed and triaged by staff experienced in obstetrical/gynecological care. This means that patients with urgent cases, or in active labour, are prioritized and diverted to St. John’s. In such an event, a team of two obstetrical nurses will accompany the patient to a hospital in St. John’s.”
Meanwhile, in the event of an emergency, expectant mothers in the Trinity-Conception area served by the hospital are encouraged to “go where the nearest health care professionals are available,” Burt indicated.
“A team of health professionals experienced in obstetrical/gynecological services are available at the Carbonear General Hospital,” she said.
Lack of support
The Compass has learned Dr. Narine resigned because of his workload, which includes being on call 24 hours a day for more than a week, and what he regards as a lack of support from Eastern Health.
The Compass requested an interview with the physician, but he declined.
Before moving to Carbonear in 2010, Dr. Narine was at the University of Ottawa where he did his residency.
Dr. Narine’s wife, Charlene, is from St. John’s. The couple have two children, Nathaniel, 3, and Jonathan, 10. They live in Carbonear.
They will be relocating to Ontario at the end of October.
Meanwhile, Zelda Burt assured Trinity-Conception area residents their obstetrics service is not moving out of the Carbonear hospital.
“Our goal is to continue aggressive physician recruitment, and provide the highest level of patient care possible,” she said.
“Eastern Health will follow up and communicate (its) contingency plan once (it’s) final,” she said.