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CUPE Strike: Daily Status Report (as of Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.)

Impacted Services

  • The following Horizon services were affected by the CUPE strike on November 2:
    • 1408 patient appointments or procedures cancelled.
    • 35 surgeries cancelled.



Hospital Services

  • Horizon will continue to provide quality and safe care to all inpatients.
  • Visitor restrictions remain in place.
  • Designated Support Persons (DSPs) are welcome to Horizon facilities upon approval, and as scheduled with the patient unit.
  • Due to lack of access to COVID-19 testing, unvaccinated DSPs will only be allowed to enter on a case-by-case basis.
  • Unless you have been notified by Horizon that your surgery/procedure/appointment remains in place, it is cancelled.
  • All oncology and dialysis treatments will continue.
  • Some elective and day surgeries are cancelled.
  • All ambulatory care clinics, laboratory services and diagnostic/medical imaging exams are cancelled unless you have been notified by the department your appointment remains in place.
  • All therapeutic services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, audiology) are cancelled unless you have been notified by the department your appointment remains in place.
  • Obstetrical patients can enter using the main door during the day and use the emergency department door afterhours.
  • Physician offices located outside of a Horizon facility are not affected by the strike.



Community Health Centres

  • Horizon's Community Health Centres, Health Centres, and Addiction and Mental Health Services are operating, but with limited services.
  • Pleasepresent for your appointment as bookedand be patient with any increased wait times for screening and registration. Phone services are limited.
  • The following facilities in Fredericton and Saint John are closed and appointments are cancelled:
    • Fredericton
      • Fredericton Southside Health Centre
      • Saint John
        • Uptown Saint John Health Centre
        • HOPE Wellness Centre
        • Marketplace Wellness Centre 
  • Blood and Specimen Collection services in the community continue, but capacity is significantly reduced.
  • Pediatric immunization clinics through public health are continuing, but there are some reductions in PH services.




Vaccination Clinics

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for Nov. 2 in Oromocto, Woodstock and Miramichi are proceeding today, by appointment. No walk-in capacity


Assessment Centres

  • Due to the CUPE strike, all COVID-19 Assessment Centres are closed except for Miramichi which is operating at reduced capacity.
  • In areas where Assessment Centres are closed, Public Health is contacting higher risk patients and diverting them elsewhere for testing.
  • Other patient referrals for testing are on hold in Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John. They will be processed based on priority level and the capacity available in our system.


Lab/Specimen Collection

  • Anticipate processing delays.


POCT test kit pickup sites (Hub/Mobile)

  • Rapid screening kits will be available for pickup at Horizon's permanent locations


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