Eastern Health expects to deliver obstetrician/gynecologist for Carbonear hospital by spring
Expectant mothers in the TrinityConception area who have had to travel to St. John’s for obstetrics/gynecology services will be relieved to learn Eastern Health has recruited a full-time obstetrician/ gynecologist for the Carbonear General Hospital.
That’s the latest word from Eastern Health on its ongoing recruitment efforts.
The new specialist is expected to start work at the hospital in early April, according to Zelda Burt, media relations manager with Eastern Health.
Carbonear General has been without obstetrics/gynecology services since last fall when the second of two specialists resigned. The move left local general practitioners with no alternative but to refer their pregnant patients to avail of obstetrics/gynecology services in the capital city.
Dr. Oscar Howell, Eastern Health’s vice-president of medical services and diagnostics, told The Compass last month they were talking to obstetricians/gynecologists at the local, national and internal levels about coming to practice their specialties in Carbonear.
Pointing out one international grad had indicated a desire to come to Carbonear, Dr. Howell said at the time, “we hope to have that experienced obstetrician/gynecologist working full-time in Carbonear by February-march.”
A LITTLE FAITH — Larissa Whalen of Butlerville is shown holding her baby girl, Faith Elizabeth Phoebe. Faith was the first baby born at Carbonear General Hospital in 2012, arriving just before 10 a.m. on Jan. 17, weighing in at six pounds, nine ounces. She is the grandchild of Clifford and Nicole Whalen. Larissa named her little girl after her best friend, Faith Pottle of Shearstown, who passed away suddenly last fall.