The Horizon Health Network is asking the public to limit emergency room visits for medical emergencies only over the summer.
Officials say the Network’s ERs “continue to face significant staffing pressures,” noting that patients with non-urgent medical issues will experience longer wait times since more vulnerable patients are given priority.
The network asks anyone with a non-emergency to consider an after-hours clinic, Tele-Care 811, a pharmacy or eVisitNB.
“We are working hard to improve the patient experience in our Emergency Departments and are in the process of implementing a number of improvements aimed at optimizing patient flow in the department, while reducing wait times and ambulance offload delays,” read a news release from Horizon Health Network.
Horizon says its ERs are always available to treat patients in an emergency.
Anyone with medical emergencies should call 911 or visit their nearest ER.