Heavy work­load, lack of sup­port

Ob­ste­tri­cian/gy­ne­col­o­gist leav­ing Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BUR­TON K. JANES

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.

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